Research Group in Biomechanics Modelling
i) Numerical modelling of the cortical and cancellous bone. Development of homogenization procedures in order to estimate the elastic constants of bone tissue.
ii) Numerical simulation of bone damage through degradation of elastic properties and crack growth, mechanical testing correlations and simplified models.
iii) Development of a numerical model to estimate the elastic constants of lamellar tissue as an explicit function of the volumetric bone mineral density and tissue porosity using a multiscale approach.
iv) Mechanical characterization of the bone tissue by testing, finite element simulations and digital image correlation (DIC).
v) Morphometric characterization of trabecular bone tissue by means image analysis obtained from micro-CT.
vi) Numerical modelling of interfaces and cross-links. Analysis of loss-of-stiffness mechanisms due to interface failure, mechanical role of cross-links and its potential implication in osteoporosis.
vii) Numerical prediction of bone fracture and damage at macroscopic scale using 3D models.
viii) Development of numerical models of skull and brain for the application of head injury criteria under impact conditions.
ix) Numerical simulation of brain damage as a consequence of high speed impact (ballistic impact).
x) Numerical simulation of injuries and trauma in skull, brain and thoraco-abdominal region wearing defense protections (helmet, vest).