Responsible researcher: Ana Vercher Martínez
Entity: Centro de Investigación en Ingeniería Mecánica de la Universitat Politècnica de València (CIIM-UPV).
Address: Camino de Vera, s/n 46022 Valencia, España.
Phone: (+34) 963 877 621 ext. 76223


Research Group in Biomechanics Modelling
The Research Group in Biomechanics Modelling belongs to the Research Center in Mechanical Engineering (CIIM) at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV). This group is led by Professor Eugenio Giner Maravilla and Ph.D. Ana Vercher Martínez. Their principal research lines are the following:

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).