Knowledge of the internal loads acting on the human body during daily life movements has a wide range of applications, from clinical assessment of motor control patterns to prosthesis design and preclinical testing and as an input for finite element models predicting bone adaptation.
projects 3 4
Orthotropic FE modelling of the skeletal system
Prediction of trabecular architectural arrangement and bone property distribution is fundamental in order to understand the underlying mechanics of bone fractures. An iterative strain-adaptive bone remodelling algorithm which predicts orthotropic elastic property distribution was developed.
projects 5 6
Free boundary condition FE modelling of the skeletal system
The aim of this project is to assess the behaviour of the femur and the pelvis in what is believed to be a more physiological manner than can be achieved using fixed boundary condition finite element modelling. This is done through the use of a free boundary condition model in which muscular and ligamentous contributions to the behaviour of bone construct are explicity included.
Smart Structural Optimisation
This area of research is focused on the development of optimisation methods and algorithms applied to structural designs in different fields, including sustainable civil engineering, material properties characterisation, and scaffold design for biomedical applications. This project also involves 3D-printing of test samples for model validation.