Orthopaedic Surgery Biomechanical Laboratory
The biomechanics laboratory conducts a wide range of basic science and applied research projects in orthopaedic biomechanics. Research methods often encompass in-vitro experiments with human or animal specimens and the use of computer modeling and analysis.
Current research topics include:
- Studies of the stability of total-joint replacement
- Acetabular cup and hip stem micromotion
- Joint mechanics
- Biomechanical analysis of subtalar motion
- Spine mechanics
- Experimental and computational evaluation of spinal instrumentation
- Bracing in scoliosis and spine fractures
Planned projects include:
- Three-dimensional finite element modeling of the pelvis
- Strain measurement in the pelvis and ankle ligaments
- A study of femoral neck fractures
Laboratory facilities include an MTS 809 Axial-Torsion Material Test System, a DEC 468 Test Processor computer, and multiple channel strain gauge and displacement measuring equipment.