Short Title:BioMaterials 1
Full Title:BioMaterials 1
Module Code:BIMA H2000
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Field of Study:Engineering, Manufacturing and Construction
Module Delivered in no programmes
Module Author:Colin Bright
Module Description:This module gives the student a foundation in the application of biomaterials in medical devices. The student is given a broad introduction to plastics, ceramics and in depth delivery on composites materials. It also aims to provide the student with further understanding of the relationship between microstructure and associated properties of polymer bio-materials, modelling of plastics using mechanical models, and use of creep curves.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe the structure, composition and bio-compatibility of commonly used bio-materials
LO2 Describe the different bio-polymer systems, effects of crystallinity, mechanical properties, long & short term testing, design methods used for plastics.
LO3 Distinguish different types of composite structures & materials, application of rule of mixtures. Design using models for predicting various properties of composites used in the manufacture of medical implants.
LO4 Describe the deformation processes and relate structure of materials to their properties
LO5 Report and analyses experimental results of the following labs: strain rate testing of polymers; composite properties & heat treatment of steels
LO6 Describe the regulations governing the production and use of biomaterials
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Properties of Natural Materials
In vivo versus In vitro properties. Tissue constituents. Properties of Collagen and Elastin. Mechanical properties of bone, muscles, tendons, ligaments and cartilage. Viscoelastic models of material behaviour.
Creep Curves & Viscoelastic Polymers
Polymer systems, effects of crystallinity & stereoisomerisms in polymers Mechanical properties of plastics, elastic & viscoelastic behaviour, Kelvin-Voigt & Maxwell Models models.
Long & Short Term Testing of Polymers, Compliance Design of Plastics
Long & short term testing of polymers, use creep curves in plastics, design methods for plastics using deformation data, residence & relaxation times.
Boltzmann’s Superposition Principle
Boltzmann’s Superposition Principle & application.
Composite Materials
Composite materials, reinforcements & matrices, Rule of Mixtures.
Fibre Reinforcemed Composites
Fibre reinforcement, predicting properties & characteristics of composites. Laminar and Macroscopic composite materials & applications.
Deformation Processes
Slip systems, Schmid's Law, Strengthening Mechanisms, Hall-Petch, Strain Hardening, Bauschinger Effect, Cold Working, Residual Stresses & Annealing
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Composites properties Conducting tensile tests on polymers and polymer based composites. Measuring the densities of different composites. Prediction of tensile strength of composites using rule of mixtures and comparisons with their experimental results. Discuss the reasons of producing composites. (Report) 3,5 10.00 Week 3
Practical/Skills Evaluation Carry out strain hardening test, investigate oif strain hardening behaviours of metals. Evaluate the stain hardening index using the Holloman equation. Compare with literature values. (Report) 4,5 10.00 Week 6
Practical/Skills Evaluation Materials Selection Using CES software – Students work in groups, students given set of design criteria to use CES package to select suitable materials to satisfy application requirements. Design criteria encompassing properties including mechanical, thermal & corrosion & process selection & cost of materials & manufacture. (Group Report) 1,2,3,4,5 10.00 Week 10
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,6 70.00 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Lab No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Independent Learning Study 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lectures 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning No Description 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Lab Labs 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • C. Mauli Agrawal ... [et al.]., Introduction to biomaterials, Cambridge, UK; Cambridge University Press [ISBN: 9780521116909]
  • Callister, W.D,, Materials Science and Engineering, 8th ed Ed., Wiley
  • Askeland, D. R, Science & Engineering of Materials, Thomson Learning
  • Crawford, R. J, Plastics Engineering, Pergamon
  • McCrum, N.G. Buckley, C.P., Bucknall, C.B, Principles of Polymer Engineering, Oxford Science Publications
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