Mathematical Modelling of Bone Fracture

  • This is an interdisciplinary mathematical modeling and biomedical engineering research project.  It involves developing mathematical and computer models of the bone and its structure.  These models will then be used to test experimental results of other biomedical engineering researchers at IT Sligo.

The research project will provide quantitative data to back up experimental research and provide a road map for the future research. The design and implementation of the work will reinforce the work conducted to date by providing mathematical analysis of experimental work using software applications to predict results and to analyze experimental results.

Most of the data for this project has already been gathered by other members of the research group. This will assist in identifying the key characteristics that will be measured.

The project will require mathematical modeling and mechanical engineering skills and any deficiencies here will be identified and remedied early in the project. The student will review the work (both experimental and theoretical) completed by the Biomedical Engineering Research Group.  At this stage other lines of enquiry will be identified, including theoretical explanation of experimental results achieved and theoretical prediction of results which have not yet been achieved experimentally. Next the student will use Finite Element Analysis to create a computer model of bone and describe its fracture processes.

The Biomedical Engineering Research Group at IT Sligo was set up in 1998 to address the need of the health care sector to evolve towards contemporary technology and procedure.  To date the group has conducted several studies in conjunction with Sligo General Hospital, the Mater Hospital Dublin and the Royal College of Surgeons Dublin. The studies conducted were investigative and were published in international peer reviewed journals. To date the research group has graduated 4 PhD students and 4 Master’s students and supervised one post doctoral researcher. We currently have two students studying for PhD and two Master’s student.  Leo Creedon is also supervising another Masters student in mathematics. The Biomedical Research Group has published over 30 peer reviewed journal papers, has published over 50 articles in conference proceedings and presented over 20 additional unpublished conference papers.

  • Suitable candidates will have a good honours degree with a strong emphasis on mathematics, physics or engineering.  Ability to work as a member of the Biomedical Engineering Research Group is essential.