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BMET5944: Bioinspired Materials: Design and Fabrication

BMET5944 equips students with the state-of-the-art knowledge about the design and development of new generations of multifunctional materials by learning from nature. The unit covers: (a) the construction, deformation and failure behaviour of hard and soft natural materials which confer them with outstanding mechanical properties and multi-functionalities such as shape-morphing, self-healing and damage sensing, (b) the fabrication techniques to implement similar principles in engineering materials in order to improve their performance, (c) the theoretical and experimental approaches to study the mechanics of resulting materials, and (d) examples of bioinspired materials in industries, current challenges of the field and future perspectives.

Code BMET5944
Academic unit Biomedical Engineering
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
1000-level materials science and mechanics.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Mathematics and physics: Ability to drive and use equations that describe the elasticity and fracture of biological and bioinspired composites
  • LO2. Engineering: Ability to explain the processing-structure-performance relationships in structurally complex biological and bioinspired materials (in their own words)
  • LO3. Engineering: Ability to interpret the stress-strain curves of biological and bioinspired materials and correlate the curves to their functions in nature and engineering
  • LO4. Problem-solving: Develop skills in the design and development of materials with complex internal architectures to fulfill their functional requirements
  • LO5. Interdisciplinary: Demonstrate knowledge in how bioinspiration can lead to better materials in engineering
  • LO6. Communication and Inquiry/ Research: Effective communications and research skills in the group project/presentation, and in classroom discussions
  • LO7. Project and Team Skills: Critical thinking in the literature review, and ability to work in a team for the assignments and the group project.

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