We use and combine several numerical methods such as FEM, SPH, and IGA to evaluate medical devices, perform inverse parameter identifications, virtually test novel prototypes, and conduct basic science research. Although focus is on application, we develop novel methods as required for our research (see a recent application of SPH for modeling soft tissue failure).
Medical Device Prototyping
While spending some time in medical device industry, I found that medical device design is a long process that is often performed empirically at high cost. Our interest is in combining fast prototyping technology with advances in our understanding of soft tissue biomechanics to meet our societal need for better/cheaper/more advanced solutions to pressing health challenges.
Histomechanics of Biological Soft Tissues
Biological soft tissues are as fascinating as they are complex. We are driven by the need to quantitatively describe soft tissues such as arterial tissue, myocardium, fetal membranes, and skin on the macroscopic and microscopic scale. To this end, we perform histological, mechanical, and optical tests and use these data to describe changes with disease and repair, but to also capture these tissue's properties in appropriate constitutive models.