Mechanical engineering
Study-unit Code
Giordano Franceschini
  • Giordano Franceschini
  • 54 ore - Giordano Franceschini
Course Regulation
Coorte 2020
Learning activities
Attività formative affini o integrative
Academic discipline
Type of study-unit
Type of learning activities
Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Language of instruction
Given the wideness of the arguments of possible relevance to the course, the frontal lessons will illustrate the main aspects (the elements) of each of the topics in the program; the student is allowed to study one in particular, based on the study of recent publications, in Italian in English, chosen in concert with the teacher.
Reference texts
The student will be provided with scientific material about the topics, mainly consisting of publications in Italian and English.
However, the following support texts are recommended:
R. Pietrabissa - Biomateriali per protesi ed organi artificiali - Edizioni Patron
Redaelli - Montevecchi - Biomeccanica. Analisi multiscelta di tessuti biologici - Edizioni Patron
Cobelli - Carson - Introduzione alla modellistica in fisiologia e medicia – Edizioni Patron.
Ozkaya - Nordin - Fundamentals of Byomechanics - Springer
Educational objectives
The aim of the course is to assess the student's synthesis ability and methodological rigor through his personal reworking of a short paper, taken from a set of publications relating to the topics covered and chosen by the same.
Good knowledge of general physics and mechanics of mechanisms and continuums.
Teaching methods
Frontal lessons.
Classroom discussion of some significant publications relating to the topics covered.
Other information
Learning verification modality
To take the exam it is necessary to write a paper of about 20 pages on a topic related to the course; on Unistudium numerous topics are proposed chosen among those carried out.
The paper should be drawn up by approaching the topic as a small research work (often it is a matter of commenting a publication) exactly as when doing a thesis work.
Once the draft paper has been prepared, it must be sent to the teacher for correction.
Once the thesis has been corrected, it is possible to take the oral exam which will consist of an interview on the same and questions on any related topic.
The paper can be written in a group; the oral sessions will be individual.
Extended program
Elements of biomechanics. Kinematic, static and dynamic models of human articular chains.
Characterization of biological tissues. Articular cartilage, cortical bone, intraluminal thrombus, analysis of fetal membranes, umbilical cord, art appendage, study of the cornea.
Mechanical modeling and characterization of biomaterials. Analysis of micro and nanostructured composite materials of metallic and ceramic type; shape memory alloys (SMA), bone cement, study of resorbable metal materials.
Design and evaluation of prostheses and orthoses. Hip prostheses, knee prostheses, osteosynthesis devices, study of spinal stabilization equipment, dental implants, palatal arches, nickel - titanium rotating endodontic instruments, stents, percutaneous pulmonary valves.
Technologies for life support systems. Extracorporeal circulation, study of continuous and pulsatile perfusion during extracorporeal circulation, total liquid ventilation (TLV), study of systems for the transport and release of drugs, biomechanics of airways, dialysis.
Numerical simulation of the cardiovascular system. Study of congenital heart malformations, brain aneurysms, fetal hemodynamics, cardiac mechanics.
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