Just as the study of physiology requires an understanding of biochemistry, so the study of the mechanical properties and design of organisms requires a grounding in engineering and materials science. It is important for any biologist working in this area to acquire such knowledge, and this book aims to provide a comprehensible overview of the subject, in relation to biological materials. The mechanical testing of biological materials presents many difficulties; the
test methods are alien to most biologists, and the engineer can be perplexed by the shape, size and form in which biological specimens are presented. The problems are compounded by the complexity of the materials involved and the sophistication required in both test methods and analysis.
This book provides experimental protocols which will cross the barriers of understanding between biologist and engineer, and encourage effective interdisciplinary communication. Chapters include those on the properties and testing of:
bone, cartilage, and joints
liquids, composites, and tensile fibres
stiffness, fracture and adhesion
The contributors are all experienced researchers who have themselves developed successful methods for measuring and understanding the mechanical properties of biological materials.
Biomechanics - Materials: A Practical Approach is an invaluable experimental resource for any researcher interested in the analysis of biological materials, whether their background is in biology, materials science, medical biomechanics, or agricultural engineering.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 469 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 15 mm
'very practical book'
Aslib Book List, Vol. 58, No. 2, February 1993