Document Type

Thesis

Date of Degree

Summer 2010

Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)

Degree In

Biomedical Engineering

First Advisor

Nicole M. Grosland

Second Advisor

Vincent A. Magnotta

Abstract

To extend the use of computational techniques like finite element analysis to clinical settings, it would be beneficial to have the ability to generate a unique model for every subject quickly and efficiently. To this end, we previously developed two mapped meshing tools that utilized force and displacement control to map a template mesh to a subject-specific surface. This work is an extension of those methods; the objective of this study was to map a template block structure, common to multi-block meshing techniques, to a subject-specific surface. The rationale was that the blocks are considerably less refined and may be readily edited, thereby yielding a mesh of high quality in less time than mapping the mesh itself. In this paper, the versatility and robustness of the method was verified by processing four datasets. The method was found to be robust enough to cope with the variability of bony surface size, spatial position and geometry, producing building block structures that generated meshes comparable to those produced using building block structures that were created manually.

Keywords

Finite Element Meshing, Orthopaedic Biomechanics, Subject Specific Modeling

Pages

viii, 44 pages

Bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 41-44).

Copyright

Copyright 2010 Amla Natarajan

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