Biomechanics Laboratory at Dept. of Mechanical Engineering (D-02)

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					  Biomechanics Laboratory at
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
                      (D-02)
  •Prof. Dr. S. Turgut TÜMER (Founding Director)
  •Asst. Prof. Dr. Ergin TÖNÜK (Laboratory Coordinator)
  •Res. Asst. Behzat B. KENTEL
  •Res. Asst. Cengiz HEYCAN

            www.me.metu.edu.tr/biomechanics/
             Biomechanics
• Biomechanics is the application of
  mechanical principles to living organisms,
  specifically to human body.

• Descartes: “I suppose that body is nothing
  else than an earthly statue, that is a
  machine”
               Biomechanics
• Motion analysis – normal and pathological
• Soft tissue (muscle, ligament,etc.) and hard tissue
  (bone) biomechanics
• Sport biomechanics
• Orthosis and prosthesis
• Modelling – simulation
• Economy of movement (energetics)
• Fluid mechanics (blood flow, swimming)
     Biomechanics Laboratory
• Gait Analysis
• Determination of Soft Tissue Mechanical
  Properties
• Sport Biomechanics
• Motion analysis of shoulder complex
• Loading at the spinal column while
  lifting/lowering weights
           Gait Analysis
Analysis of the mechanics of human body
during walking, stair ascending/descending
and obstacle avoidance.
             Gait Analysis
Gait Analysis plays a key role in:
• Diagnosis of disorders in lower extremity
• Decision making before operations
• Evaluation of prosthetic joint replacements
• Comparison of gait parameters before and
  after operations
• Studies in amputees, athletic injuries
        A Typical Gait Analysis
             Laboratory
• Hardware
  –   Multicamera System
  –   Force Plate(s)
  –   Markers
  –   EMG Unit
  –   Calibration Apparatus
      A Typical Gait Analysis
           Laboratory
• Software (locally developed in ME)
  – Data Acquisition (KISS-DAQ)
  – Calculation of Gait Parameters (KISS-GAIT)
Gait Analysis Laboratory
         Sport Biomechanics
• Landing maneuvers of volleyball players
• Activation strategies of forearm muscles
  during archery shooting