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January 2010 - March 2011

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University of Minnesota Twin Cities
College of Science and Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering

PI: Arthur G. Erdman

Computer Simulation for Heart Valves and the Female Pelvis

These researchers are using MSI resources for two projects. In the first, these researchers have done a complete set of mechanical analyses on a real heart valve model, using ABAQUS and high-performance machines at the SDVL. They have developed several Python codes to implement a parametric study and to automatically set up all parameters and submit many jobs at the same time. The next step will be to conduct finite-element analyses on more types of medical device as well as human organs based on the success of mechanical simulation of the heart valve. The goal of this project is to develop a real-time virtual reality system for medical device designers. MSI’s high-end software, workstations, and parallel computing ability are needed to successfully complete the project.

The second project involves the creation of subject-specific pelvic modeling. The next step in this project is to conduct validation studies and then apply the subject-specific pelvic modeling approach to clinical population.

Group Members

Ryan Buesseler, Graduate Student
Angela Forrest, Graduate Student
Chi-Lun Lin, Graduate Student
Ahmad M. Mohamed, Graduate Student
Andrew Schieber, Graduate Student
Christopher Scorzelli, Staff
Molly Staker, Graduate Student
Yi Sun, Visiting Researcher
Gerald W. Timm, Co-Principal Investigator
Yingchun Zhang, Research Associate