Introduction to continuum biomechanics

Kyriacos A. Athanasiou, Roman M. Natoli

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This book is concerned with the study of continuum mechanics applied to biological systems, i.e., continuum biomechanics. This vast and exciting subject allows description of when a bone may fracture due to excessive loading, how blood behaves as both a solid and fluid, down to how cells respond to mechanical forces that lead to changes in their behavior, a process known as mechanotransduction. We have written for senior undergraduate students and first year graduate students in mechanical or biomedical engineering, but individuals working at biotechnology companies that deal in biomaterials or biomechanics should also find the information presented relevant and easily accessible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSynthesis Lectures on Biomedical Engineering
Number of pages218
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameSynthesis Lectures on Biomedical Engineering
ISSN (Print)19300328
ISSN (Electronic)19300336


  • Biomechanics
  • Biphasic theory
  • Blood flow
  • Casson equation
  • Continuum mechanics
  • Elasticity
  • Linear viscoelasticity
  • Newtonian fluids
  • Poroelasticity
  • Thermoelasticity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering


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