Experimental biomechanics analyzes the behavior of biological, primarily human tissue and artificial biomaterials under mechanical stress. Methods from materials science are employed to investigate how bones and soft tissue become deformed when they are exposed to different forces or stretching. The combination of macromechanical methods, which are visible to the eye, with those of micromechanics and surface chemistry provides deep insight into the hierarchical structure of biological tissue. This allows research on the principles that give tissue its resistance.
The interdisciplinary experimental biomechanics team combines methods from engineering, chemistry and the life sciences to examine clinically relevant data and phenomena of tissue mechanics that contribute to an understanding of biomechanical tissue behavior in healthy and diseased individuals or serve as an inspiration for new treatment methods.