Document Type


Date of Degree

Summer 2010

Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)

Degree In

Biomedical Engineering

First Advisor

Grosland, Nicole M

Second Advisor

Magnotta, Vincent A

First Committee Member

Lim, Tae-Hong

Second Committee Member

Wilder, David G


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.


Finite Element Meshing, Orthopaedic Biomechanics, Subject Specific Modeling


viii, 44 pages


Includes bibliographical references (pages 41-44).


Copyright 2010 Amla Natarajan