Selected topics from biomechanics: from dinosaurs to space flight
prof. Matej Daniel, Ph.D., Department of Mechanics, Biomechanics and Mechatronics, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague:
Biomechanics is the study of the mechanical laws relating to the movement or structure of living organisms. The aim of the lecture is to provide a couple of examples showing that we use biomechanical principles every day. The lecture will describe basic scaling law that limits the size of living organisms, explain why a bug cannot be large as a car, show that walking and running is a clever way how to conserve the energy and introduce some problems of mechanobiology of bone and cartilage.