Biological systems and materials: A review of the field of biomechanics and the role of thesociety for experimental mechanics (2)
Publication Name: Experimental Techniques
The biological world has evolved a diverse array of structures and materials that offer unique and desirable properties of significant interest to the engineering world. The Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM) formed the Biological Materials and Systems Technical Division (TD) to investigate biological and biologically inspired materials and systems, with an emphasis on structure, property, and process relationships. Broadly speaking, the TD focuses on the application of theoretical and applied mechanics to (1) the investigation of organic materials, (2) the development and characterization of implant materials, and (3) the development of new materials and structures taking inspiration from nature. Organic materials, such as wood, have long been used in structural design and the mechanical response has been a topic of extensive investigation. This feature article provides an overview of the current status of the biomechanics field related to the role of the SEM.