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Edited by Hadi Mohammadi

University of British Columbia, Canada


Tissue Mechanics Soft Tissue Hard Tissue Mechanics in Medicine Bioengineering Cell Mechanics Mechanobiology

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Biomechanics or Biomechanical Engineering is the application of mechanical engineering and its concepts and principles in the biological systems, living tissues/organs and medical devices. Tissue mechanics is the arena of effort that pursues to comprehend and define the relations between structure and mechanical function in an intended tissue of the human body. There have been many studies particularly in the connective tissues of the body such as tendons, bone, cartilage, muscles, veins, arteries, and skin where mechanical principles contributions are the most obvious; however, all tissues have mechanical structures and functions that are tied together. Structural anatomy seems to be essential in order to understand natural design. Engineering analysis of structures based on continuum mechanics is inevitable in order to gain more insight on the mechano-transduction of an intended tissue. All natural tissues are known to be composite materials with particular structure and function and, therefore, comprehending their mechanical function necessitates study of the mechanical properties and architectural arrangement of the single structural components.
The mechanical properties of tissues can be characterized as anisotropy, hyperelasticity, viscoelasticity, viscoplasticity, preconditioning performance, and the existence of residual stresses. Most experiments on the mechanical characterization of tissues are based on laboratory work. Often samples are removed from cadavers or animals and are cut in order to be tested which are either fresh or after storage. Testing machines are often based on electromechanical or hydraulic systems which are often performed in living animals or patients. Mathematical interpretation of data are often considered an important part of tissue mechanics such as 3D modelling of stress-strain behaviour. Modelling may either be phenomenological which is to some extent seeking to define behaviour using model systems that do not reference structure or may be plainly based on information of tissue construction. Phenomenological models are often based on linear or quasi-linear viscoelastic theory. Constitutive equations, mostly those based on improvement of strain energy density functions, are often as a means to explaining tissue behaviour under random loading.  

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Hadi Mohammadi

Assistant Professor
University of British Columbia, Canada

Dr. Hadi Mohammadi is a mechanical/biomedical engineer with hands-on experience in the design and development of many engineering structures and medical devices through various projects that he has been involved in over the past twenty years. Dr. Mohammadi received his BSc. and MSc. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, and his PhD. degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario. He worked for a few years as a consultant, research engineer and team leader for a variety of companies, including work in pipeline design, oil recovery and the automotive industry. During his PhD. studies, he was a visiting researcher at the Integrated Manufacturing Technologies Institute (IMTI) of the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). He was a postdoctoral trainee for almost four years at University of Calgary and Harvard Medical School. He is currently an Assistant Professor with the University of British Colombia, Canada.

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