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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632407/prediction-of-the-structural-response-of-the-femoral-shaft-under-dynamic-loading-using-subject-specific-finite-element-models
#1
Gwansik Park, Taewung Kim, Jason Forman, Matthew B Panzer, Jeff R Crandall
The goal of this study was to predict the structural response of the femoral shaft under dynamic loading conditions using subject-specific finite element (SS-FE) models and to evaluate the prediction accuracy of the models in relation to the model complexity. In total, SS-FE models of 31 femur specimens were developed. Using those models, dynamic three-point bending and combined loading tests (bending with four different levels of axial compression) of bare femurs were simulated, and the prediction capabilities of five different levels of model complexity were evaluated based on the impact force time histories: baseline, mass-based scaled, structure-based scaled, geometric SS-FE, and heterogenized SS-FE models...
June 20, 2017: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628751/comparison-between-line-and-surface-mesh-models-to-represent-the-rotator-cuff-muscle-geometry-in-musculoskeletal-models
#2
Marion Hoffmann, Diane Haering, Mickaël Begon
Accurate muscle geometry (muscle length and moment arm) is required to estimate muscle function when using musculoskeletal modelling. In shoulder, muscles are often modelled as a collection of independent line segments, leading to non-physiological muscles trajectory, especially for the rotator cuff muscles. To prevent this, a surface mesh model was developed and validated against 7 MRI positions in one participant. Mean moment arm errors was 11.4% for the line vs. 8.8% for the mesh model. While the model with independent lines led to some non-physiological trajectories, the mesh model gave lower misestimations of muscle lengths and moment arms...
June 19, 2017: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631937/the-effect-of-the-sagittal-ridge-angle-on-cartilage-stress-in-the-equine-metacarpo-phalangeal-fetlock-joint
#3
Helen Liley, Helen Davies, Elwyn Firth, Thor Besier, Justin Fernandez
Fatigue failure of bones of the metacarpo-phalangeal (fetlock, MCP) joint is common in thoroughbred racehorses. Stresses within the fetlock joint cartilages are affected by the morphology of the third metacarpal bone (MC3) and proximal phalangeal bone, and the steepness of the median sagittal ridge of MC3 is believed to be associated with fracture. This study investigated the influence of the steepness of the sagittal ridge on cartilage stress distribution using a finite element model of the joint. Changes to the steepness of the sagittal ridge were made by applying a parabolic function to the mesh, creating four different models with sagittal ridge angles ranging from 95° to 105°...
June 15, 2017: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521518/3d-characterisation-of-the-dynamics-of-foot-joints-of-adults-during-walking-gait-pattern-identification
#4
E Sanchis-Sales, J L Sancho-Bru, A Roda-Sales, J Pascual-Huerta
A detailed description of the kinematics and kinetics of the ankle, midtarsal and metatarsophalangeal joints of the feet of a healthy adult male population during barefoot walking is provided. Plots of the angles and moments in each plane during the stance phase are reported, along with the mean and standard deviation values of 87 different parameters that characterise the 3D dynamics of the foot joints. These parameters were used to check for similarities between subjects through a hierarchical analysis that allowed three different gait patterns to be identified, most of the differences corresponding to the frontal and transverse planes...
May 19, 2017: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513192/the-haemodynamic-effect-of-an-adjustable-band-in-an-arteriovenous-fistula
#5
M Sturm, H Lee, S Thomas, T Barber
A number of treatment approaches exist for excessive flowrate arteriovenous fistulae. Banding has a number of advantages, yet there is concern over its use due to reported high post-surgery thrombosis rates. A computational study is conducted of a new technique, to elucidate the hemodynamics present in the process. The key improvement involves the use of an adjustable band which can be used to optimise the flowrate during the surgery. The pressure and flowrate changes are apparent from the computational results and the computational results also demonstrate that further optimization may be possible...
May 17, 2017: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460543/biomechanical-evaluation-of-the-natural-abutment-teeth-in-combined-tooth-implant-supported-telescopic-prostheses-a-three-dimensional-finite-element-analysis
#6
Yu Chen, Chao Wang, Yuanding Huang, Tianming Feng, Huawei Zou, Yubo Fan
Telescopic overdentures supported by the combination of natural teeth and implants have been thought a valuable treatment for the severely compromised partially edentulous patients. But the combination of teeth and implants involves highly complex biomechanical problems. This study is to evaluate biomechanical behaviors of the natural abutment teeth with the treatment of combined tooth-implant supported telescopic crown prostheses in mandible through 3D FEA. According to this study, the prosthetic option supported by a combination of teeth and implants and retained by double crowns could protect teeth and their periodontal support tissues acting as a rigid splint, and may be a valuable treatment option for partially edentulous patients with severely reduced remaining teeth in mandible...
May 1, 2017: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446031/influences-of-geometrical-and-mechanical-properties-of-bone-tissues-in-mandible-behaviour-experimental-and-numerical-predictions
#7
A Ramos, Yi Nyashin, M Mesnard
The properties and geometry of bone in the mandible play a key role in mandible behaviour during a person's lifetime, and attention needs to be paid to the influence of bone properties. We analysed the effect of bone geometry, size and bone properties in mandible behaviour, experimenting on cadaveric mandibles and FE models. The study was developed using the geometry of a cadaveric mandible without teeth. Three models of cadaveric condyles were experimentally tested with instrumented with four rosettes, and a condyle reaction of 300 N...
April 26, 2017: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441880/a-three-dimensional-collagen-fiber-network-model-of-the-extracellular-matrix-for-the-simulation-of-the-mechanical-behaviors-and-micro-structures
#8
Shoubin Dong, Zetao Huang, Liqun Tang, Xiaoyang Zhang, Yongrou Zhang, Yi Jiang
The extracellular matrix (ECM) provides structural and biochemical support to cells and tissues, which is a critical factor for modulating cell dynamic behavior and intercellular communication. In order to further understand the mechanisms of the interactive relationship between cell and the ECM, we developed a three-dimensional (3D) collagen-fiber network model to simulate the micro structure and mechanical behaviors of the ECM and studied the stress-strain relationship as well as the deformation of the ECM under tension...
April 26, 2017: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438031/mri-based-finite-element-modeling-of-facial-mimics-a-case-study-on-the-paired-zygomaticus-major-muscles
#9
Ang-Xiao Fan, Stéphanie Dakpé, Tien Tuan Dao, Philippe Pouletaut, Mohamed Rachik, Marie Christine Ho Ba Tho
Finite element simulation of facial mimics provides objective indicators about soft tissue functions for improving diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of facial disorders. There is a lack of in vivo experimental data for model development and validation. In this study, the contribution of the paired Zygomaticus Major (ZM) muscle contraction on the facial mimics was investigated using in vivo experimental data derived from MRI. Maximal relative differences of 7.7% and 37% were noted between MRI-based measurements and numerical outcomes for ZM and skin deformation behaviors respectively...
April 24, 2017: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434235/recirculation-zone-length-in-renal-artery-is-affected-by-flow-spirality-and-renal-to-aorta-flow-ratio
#10
Ashkan Javadzadegan, David Fulker, Tracie Barber
Haemodynamic perturbations such as flow recirculation zones play a key role in progression and development of renal artery stenosis, which typically originate at the aorta-renal bifurcation. The spiral nature of aortic blood flow, division of aortic blood flow in renal artery as well as the exercise conditions have been shown to alter the haemodynamics in both positive and negative ways. This study focuses on the combinative effects of spiral component of blood flow, renal-to-aorta flow ratio and the exercise conditions on the size and distribution of recirculation zones in renal branches using computational fluid dynamics technique...
April 24, 2017: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421821/modeling-and-dynamic-simulation-of-astronaut-s-upper-limb-motions-considering-counter-torques-generated-by-the-space-suit
#11
Jingwen Li, Qing Ye, Li Ding, Qianfang Liao
Extravehicular activity (EVA) is an inevitable task for astronauts to maintain proper functions of both the spacecraft and the space station. Both experimental research in a microgravity simulator (e.g. neutral buoyancy tank, zero-g aircraft or a drop tower/tube) and mathematical modeling were used to study EVA to provide guidance for the training on Earth and task design in space. Modeling has become more and more promising because of its efficiency. Based on the task analysis, almost 90% of EVA activity is accomplished through upper limb motions...
April 19, 2017: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394179/1-d-blood-flow-modelling-in-a-running-human-body
#12
Viktor Szabó, Gábor Halász
In this paper an attempt was made to simulate blood flow in a mobile human arterial network, specifically, in a running human subject. In order to simulate the effect of motion, a previously published immobile 1-D model was modified by including an inertial force term into the momentum equation. To calculate inertial force, gait analysis was performed at different levels of speed. Our results show that motion has a significant effect on the amplitudes of the blood pressure and flow rate but the average values are not effected significantly...
April 10, 2017: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387571/modelling-osteoblast-adhesion-on-surface-engineered-biomaterials-optimisation-of-nanophase-grain-size
#13
Song Chen, Cheuk Y Lee, Rachel W Li, Paul N Smith, Qing H Qin
A double-layered model is proposed for numerically simulating osteoblast adhesion on surface-engineered biomaterials. The proposed model consists of molecular and cellular motions based on theoretical and experimental evidence and creates predictive simulations from sparse experimental data. The comparison of numerical solutions and experimental data reveals that the proposed model can explain the nonlinear behaviour of osteoblast adhesion on material surfaces in respect to nanophase grain size (0-100 nm)...
April 7, 2017: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387534/the-influence-of-biophysical-muscle-properties-on-simulating-fast-human-arm-movements
#14
A Bayer, S Schmitt, M Günther, D F B Haeufle
Computational modeling provides a framework to understand human movement control. For this approach, physiologically motivated and experimentally validated models are required to predict the dynamic interplay of the neuronal controller with the musculoskeletal biophysics. Previous studies show, that an adequate model of arm movements should consider muscle fiber contraction dynamics, parallel and serial elasticities, and activation dynamics. Numerous validated macroscopic model representations of these structures and processes exist...
April 7, 2017: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387524/a-new-adaptive-time-step-method-for-unsteady-flow-simulations-in-a-human-lung
#15
Ana Fenández-Tena, Alfonso C Marcos, Cristina Martínez, D Keith Walters
The innovation presented is a method for adaptive time-stepping that allows clustering of time steps in portions of the cycle for which flow variables are rapidly changing, based on the concept of using a uniform step in a relevant dependent variable rather than a uniform step in the independent variable time. A user-defined function was developed to adapt the magnitude of the time step (adaptive time step) to a defined rate of change in inlet velocity. Quantitative comparison indicates that the new adaptive time stepping method significantly improves accuracy for simulations using an equivalent number of time steps per cycle...
April 7, 2017: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367643/computational-fluid-dynamics-in-abdominal-aorta-bifurcation-non-newtonian-versus-newtonian-blood-flow-in-a-real-case-study
#16
Armando A Soares, Sílvia Gonzaga, Carlos Oliveira, André Simões, Abel I Rouboa
Hemodynamic in abdominal aorta bifurcation was investigated in a real case using computational fluid dynamics. A Newtonian and non-Newtonian (Walburn-Schneck) viscosity models were compared. The geometrical model was obtained by 3D reconstruction from CT-scan and hemodynamic parameters obtained by laser-Doppler. Blood was assumed incompressible fluid, laminar flow in transient regime and rigid vessel wall. Finite volume-based was used to study the velocity, pressure, wall shear stress (WSS) and viscosity throughout cardiac cycle...
April 3, 2017: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367642/the-incompressibility-assumption-in-computational-simulations-of-nasal-airflow
#17
Ismael R Cal, Jose Luis Cercos-Pita, Daniel Duque
Most of the computational works on nasal airflow up to date have assumed incompressibility, given the low Mach number of these flows. However, for high temperature gradients, the incompressibility assumption could lead to a loss of accuracy, due to the temperature dependence of air density and viscosity. In this article we aim to shed some light on the influence of this assumption in a model of calm breathing in an Asian nasal cavity, by solving the fluid flow equations in compressible and incompressible formulation for different ambient air temperatures using the OpenFOAM package...
April 3, 2017: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347171/a-simple-reliable-method-to-determine-the-mean-gait-speed-using-heel-markers-on-a-treadmill
#18
Gustavo Souto de Sá E Souza, Fábio Barbosa Rodrigues, Adriano O Andrade, Marcus Fraga Vieira
Gait speed is an essential parameter of gait analysis. Our study proposed a simple and accurate method to extract a mean gait speed during walking on a treadmill using only kinematic data from markers placed on the heels of the participants' feet. This method provided an attractive, simple method that remains resistant to errors in treadmill calibration. In addition, this method required only two markers, since heel markers are essential to gait analysis, and the proposed method is robust enough to differentiate among various gait speeds (mean error <1%)...
March 28, 2017: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622020/the-effect-of-direct-and-indirect-force-transmission-on-peri-implant-bone-stress-a-contact-finite-element-analysis
#19
Annike Rand, Meike Stiesch, Michael Eisenburger, Andreas Greuling
In almost all finite element (FE) studies in dentistry, virtual forces are applied directly to dentures. The purpose of this study was to develop a FE model with non-linear contact simulation using an antagonist as force transmitter and to compare this with a similar model that uses direct force transmission. Furthermore, five contact situations were created in order to examine their influence on the peri-implant bone stresses, which are relevant to the survival rate of implants. It was found that the peri-implant bone stresses were strongly influenced by the kind of force transmission and contact number...
August 2017: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580847/the-effect-of-facial-expressions-on-respirators-contact-pressures
#20
Mang Cai, Shengnan Shen, Hui Li
This study investigated the effect of four typical facial expressions (calmness, happiness, sadness and surprise) on contact characteristics between an N95 filtering facepiece respirator and a headform. The respirator model comprised two layers (an inner layer and an outer layer) and a nose clip. The headform model was comprised of a skin layer, a fatty tissue layer embedded with eight muscles, and a skull layer. Four typical facial expressions were generated by the coordinated contraction of four facial muscles...
August 2017: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
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