The 10th IASTED International Conference on
Biomedical Engineering
BioMed 2013

February 13 – 15, 2013
Innsbruck, Austria


Multiscale Mechanics of Bone and Bone Tissue Engineering

Prof. Christian Hellmich
Vienna University of Technology, Austria


3 hours


Computational and Experimental Multiscale Mechanics of Bone and Bone Tissue Engineering with Links to Biology and Medicine

The tutorial will show latest trends how engineering science helps the emergence of new diagnostic and therapeutic routes. It will highlight the roles of multiscale mechanics of biological and biomedical materials, in combination with applied X-ray physics, biochemistry, and mathematical biology, and show applications in dentistry, orthopaedics and tissue engineering.
The overall emerging picture is one where general, "universally" applicable theoretical concepts allow for effective integration of so far disjoined knowledge and information in Computer Tomography, X-ray diffraction, chemical testing, biomechanics, Finite Element modeling, and material science for tissue engineering.


To show latest trends how engineering science helps the emergence of new diagnostic and therapeutic routes.

Target Audience

All registered delegates of the conference can attend this tutorial. Reservation is not required. Please refer to the final conference program for the schedule and venue of the tutorial.

Background Knowledge Expected of the Participants

Participants would have background knowledge in engineering, materials science, and/or medical biophysics.

Qualifications of the Instructor(s)

Tutorial Session Portrait

Christian Hellmich is Professor of Strength of Materials and Computational Mechanics at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), Vienna, Austria. He received his MSc (1995) and PhD degrees (1999) from TU Wien, where he also obtained his habilitation degree for Mechanics of Materials and Biomechanics, in 2004. Since then, he served TU Wien as associate Professor, before having been appointed Full Professor in 2011, serving now as the Head of the Institute for Mechanics of Materials and Structures. From 2000 - 2002, he worked as a Postdoctoral Associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department for Civil and Environmental Engineering, supporting the establishment of the field of multiscale mechanics of bone.
Dr. Hellmich is the author of more than 80 publications in refereed journals (h-index=20), of 19 book chapters, and of more than 190 contributions to proceedings of international conferences.
He has been reviewing for 65 scientific journals and 10 Science Foundations, he is in the Editorial Board of 8 Scientific Journals, serving also as Associate Editor of the Journal of Engineering Mechanics (ASCE) and as Corresponding Editor of Computer Methods in Engineering and Sciences. His main research interests are centered around multiscale mechanics of materials and structures, with civil engineering and biomedical applications, which concern geomaterials and tunneling, wood, bone and the skeletal system, as well as tissue engineering strategies. Related scientific fields include micromechanics, poromechanics, mechanobiology, and systems biology.
His work was appraised by several internationally recognized prizes, including the 2008 Zienkiewicz Award for Young Scientists in Computational Engineering Sciences, of the European Community on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences (ECCOMAS), an ERC Grant from the European Research Council, awarded in 2010; and the 2011 Walter L Huber Rsearch Prize awarded by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).