TKT4150 - Biomechanics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 40/100
School exam 60/100 4 hours D

Course content

With a continuum mechanical approach (solid and fluid mechanics) the following topics are addressed: mechanical properties of biofluids and biosolids, blood rheology, blood flow in arteries and veins, mechanical behaviour of biological tissues. Relevant ongoing research activities will be presented in some lectures accompanied with illustrative examples if possible.

Learning outcome

This course will present fundamental concepts in mathematical modeling of biological tissues and blood flow, with a particular focus on cardiovascular applications The course has the following learning objectives:

Knowledge: The candidate will acquire knowledge about: Fundamental continuum mechanics (structural mechanics, fluid mechanics, rheology). Mechanical properties of biomaterials (bones and soft tissues) and blood. Blood flow in arteries and veins. Simplified models for the heart and muscles.

Skills: The candidate can: Compute stresses and strains for a hyperelastic model of a biological membrane. Compute wall stresses in a simple biological structures. Compute the velocity profiles for various blood flow models in straight pipes. Carry out parameter estimation of model parameters based on measurements and models.

General competence: The candidate can: Fundamental principles in continuum mechanics. Utilize continuum mechanical principles on biomechanical problems.

Digital competence: Python programming in exercises and project work

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, computer execises and written exercises out of which at least 2/3 must be approved for exam admittance. The lectures and exercises are in English when students who do not speak Norwegian take the course. If the teaching is given in English the Examination papers will be given in English only. Students are free to choose Norwegian or English for written assessments.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

There is a written exam which counts for 60 % of the grade and a project which counts for 40 %. In case of a re-sit exam the written exam may be changed to an oral exam.

Course materials

The syllabus will primarily be based on a compendium, supplemented with other written sources

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TTK4170 7.5 AUTUMN 2016
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Biophysics and Medical Technology
  • Biophysics
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Structural Engineering


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 60/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Assignment 40/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 60/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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