A Finite Element Model of the Human Knee Joint for the Study of Tibio-Femoral Contact

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Tammy L. Haut Donahue

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI 49931

M. L. Hull

Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group, University of California at Davis, Davis, CA 95616

Mark M. Rashid

Department of Civil Engineering, University of California at Davis, Davis, CA 95616

Christopher R. Jacobs

Musculoskeletal Research Laboratory, Penn State University, Hershey, PA 17033

J Biomech Eng 124(3), 273-280 (May 21, 2002) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.1470171 History: Received June 26, 2000; Revised January 30, 2002; Online May 21, 2002
Copyright © 2002 by ASME
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Representative helical CT image used to obtain bone geometry with the points used for digitization. Solid lines represent the edges of the rods used for tissue geometry registration. Note that only one rod can be seen in this scan.
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Anterior view of the finite element representation of the entire tibio-femoral joint (ligaments and meniscal attachments removed for clarity)
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Contact pressure pattern from the tibial plateau under 800 N compressive force at 0 degrees flexion, deformable bones, the intermediate mesh size, and F/E constrained
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Anterior view of the finite element representation of the joint with the assumption of rigid bones




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