Course code ENSAM6
Course title Introduction to Musculoskeletal and Osteoarticular Biomechanics
Institution Arts et Métiers ParisTech
Course address 151 bd de l'Hôpital - 75013 Paris - France
City Paris
Minimum year of study 4th year
Minimum level of English Good
Minimum level of French None
Key words Biomechanics - Pluridisciplinarity - Experiments - Modelling - Musculoskeletal - Implants.
Language English
Professor responsible Nathalie MAUREL and Amadou DIOP
Telephone 00 33 1 44 24 63 18
Fax 00 33 1 44 24 61 21
Email ;
Participating professors
Number of places Minimum: , Maximum: 24, Reserved for local students:
Objectives This course will be an introduction to the application of the mechanical principles to the study of the biomechanical behaviour of musculoskeletal and articular systems of human body. It will present clinical and mechanical aspects and will include both experimental and numerical approaches. The final aim of the musculoskeletal and articular biomechanics is to better understand the mechanical behaviour of intact, injured, pathologic of restored human body segments, to help in the design of implants and prostheses, and to help the clinicians in therapeutics strategies.
Programme to be followed
  • Introduction to the Musculoskeletal and Articular Biomechanics
  • Functional Anatomy: Spine - Shoulder - Hip - Knee
  • Clinical Problems and Osteoarticular Implants
  • Biomechanical Behaviour of Tissues
  • Articular Kinematics - Theory
  • Articular Kinematics - In Vivo Experimental Analyses - Applications
  • Articular Dynamics - Segmental Models - Application
  • In Vitro Experimental Analyses of the Biomechanical Behaviour of Corporal Segments and of Implants
  • Normalization of Implants Evaluation
  • Biomechanical Finite Element Models: Generalities
  • Biomechanical Finite Element Models: Applications
  • The Bone Remodelling Process: Presentation - Simulation - Applications.
  • Visit of the biomechanical experimental and numerical facilities with practical demonstrations.
Prerequisites Basic knowledge in mechanics.
Course exam Final written test (1 h 30) on Friday afternoon