A mechanics of materials outreach activity: Reconstructing the human body: Biomaterials and biomimicry

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Abstract

In order to engage and stimulate students, an outreach activity needs to integrate exciting subject material with hand-on laboratory experiments. Biomimetics is when complex problems are solved by imitating systems and elements found in nature. One of the largest areas of biomimetic inspiration is the human body. From this concept, students were asked to perform a hands-on activity to introduce them to the fundamental material science and mechanics through the concept of biomimicry. Student groups were tasked with designing a muscle replacement for a distal bicep fracture. The scaffold needed to mimic the mechanical properties of the natural tissue in the direction of highest applied force. Then to assess the viability of their designs, each groups scaffold was tested in tension. This engaging activity interconnects several mechanical concepts and provides a link between material science, mechanics and biomedical engineering.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication122nd ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Making Value for Society
PublisherAmerican Society for Engineering Education
StatePublished - 2015
Event2015 122nd ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - Seattle, United States
Duration: Jun 14 2015Jun 17 2015

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Other2015 122nd ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
CountryUnited States
CitySeattle
Period6/14/156/17/15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Blum, M., Cadwell, K. D., & Hasenwinkel, J. M. (2015). A mechanics of materials outreach activity: Reconstructing the human body: Biomaterials and biomimicry. In 122nd ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Making Value for Society American Society for Engineering Education.