Essay On Biomechanical Engineering

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Biomechanical engineering is an engineering sub discipline which applies principles of mechanical engineering to analyze biological systems. Some applications of biomechanical engineering are: • Investigation of forces that act on limbs. • Aerodynamics of birds and insect flight. • Hydrodynamics of swimming in fish. • Locomotion in general across all forms of life, from individual cells to whole organisms. Most load carriage studies can be classified as either physiological or biomechanical [2].Investigation on load carriage physiology focuses on the energy expenditure of locomotion. Whereas, the biomechanical analysis focuses on the effect of load carriage on the human muscle, gait and posture, and ground reactions. It is well known that the muscle-tendon complexes function as springs, which absorb, store and return energy during different part of the gait cycle, which leads to substantial savings in energy expenditure [2].Similarly, external elastic mechanisms like a springy bamboo pole can also be used for…show more content…
However bamboo poles are used by pole carriers in Asia. These bamboo poles could have different geometries and mechanical properties as compared to PVC. Also, pole carriers are likely to use one pole. It is currently not known how compliant bamboo poles with effective stiffness values higher or lower than the PVC pipes used in Kram’s study would affect the peak dynamic forces acting on the body [1].Also, a reliable way to measure forces acting on the body is not known. This makes it difficult to optimize the poles for force reduction. In this report, the results presented by Kram are generalized to increasingly realistic load carrying scenarios using complaint bamboo poles. By synthesizing suitable predictive models and determining the relationship between the variables involved, a recommended range of bamboo pole properties for load carrying is

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