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1First Semester
2Second Semester
AAnnual course
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Innovative teaching
The credits shown next to this symbol indicate the part of the course CFUs provided with Innovative teaching.
These CFUs include:
  • Subject taught jointly with companies or organizations
  • Blended Learning & Flipped Classroom
  • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)
  • Soft Skills
Course Details
Academic Year 2019/2020
School School of Industrial and Information Engineering
Name (Master of Science degree)(ord. 270) - MI (471) Biomedical Engineering
Track BCT - Ingegneria per cellule tessuti e biotecnologie - Cells, tissues and biotechnology
Programme Year 2

Course Details
ID Code 052375
Course Type Mono-Disciplinary Course
Credits (CFU / ECTS) 5.0
Semester First Semester
Course Description Course objectives To offer a hands-on training in computational modeling of biomechanical problems. Course description Aim The course introduces to the numerical techniques currently adopted for the design and evaluation of biomedical devices and to the assessment of physio-pathologic states and surgical procedures. Along the course, the student will practice with two standard commercial codes aimed at structural and fluid-dynamics analysis, respectively. Course contents The course is organized in two parts. In the first part, students will be introduced to the theoretical basis of the computational methods implemented in a finite element commercial software for structural applications. The second part is dedicated to the theoretical basis and computational methods used in a finite volume commercial software for fluid dynamic applications. Each part comprises a mix of lectures, tutorials and short projects, accordingly to the following scheme: Introduction to computational mechanics: the different steps needed to perform a numerical simulation will be presented starting from the standard continuum equations to their discretization and solution; in this framework, the main features of the numerical methods used for the solution of partial derivative equations will be described and compared. In particular the solution schemes of the finite element and finite volume methods are presented. Principles of solid mechanics simulation: the commercial package Abaqus will be introduced, the main steps for the problem solution including the boundary conditions, meshing algorithms and solution strategies will be reviewed for linear and non-linear simulations. In detail, standard displacement-based approach will be introduced together with discretization strategies of governing equations, numerical integration issues and algorithms for solution of linear and non-linear problems. Principles of fluid mechanics simulation: the commercial package Ansys-Fluent will be introduced together with its capability to handle laminar and turbulent, steady and transient flows. In detail lectures will describe the way the linear algebraic form of the field equations can be achieved, the iterative methods for algebraic system solution, the upwinding schemes, the pressure-velocity coupling algorithms and how to check convergence and result accuracy. Laboratory activity Laboratory activities start from the very first day. For each part of the course the students will develop two tutorials (one week per tutorial) individually, and a three-week short project working in groups of two people. For each project, students will have to issue a short report. Expected learning results Knowledge of basic strategies for the numerical solution of biomechanical problems. Students will have the ability to clearly and comprehensively communicate a problem statement, solution methods, results, and limitations of the solution.
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Innovative teaching The course includes  1.0  credits in Innovative Teaching as follows:
  • Blended Learning & Flipped Classroom

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