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Geometric Variations in Load-Bearing Joints

  • Author / Creator
    Islam, Kamrul
  • The purpose of the current study was to investigate the geometric variations in the load-bearing joints among individuals. Two existing concepts in mathematics were introduced and their application in computational biomechanics was completely novel: 1) computing the depth of penetration between contact objects as an indirect measure of stress; and 2) computing the geometric similarity using the cubic root of volumetric ratio as a scaling law. Furthermore, an alternative geometric method to finite element analysis was proposed, which should be considered as a “proof of concept”. This study demonstrated three novel results: 1) contrary to the current literature, the lateral aspect of the patellofemoral joint is not the sole indicator of PFPS; 2) the talus bones of the ankle joints are geometrically similar within a certain range of deviation; and 3) A standardized sizing for the talus bone implants which can fit all patients associated with traumatic talus bone injury.

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  • Graduation date
    2012-09
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3V379
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Specialization
    • Structural Engineering
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Duke, Kajsa (Department of Mechanical Engineering)
    • Adeeb, Samer (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • El-Rich, Marwan (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
    • Belhamadia, Youssef (Mathematics)