Protocol for constructing subject-specific biomechanical models of knee joint

N. H. Yang, P. K. Canavan, H. Nayeb-Hashemi, B. Najafi, A. Vaziri

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A robust protocol for building subject-specific biomechanical models of the human knee joint is proposed which uses magnetic resonance imaging, motion analysis and force platform data in conjunction with detailed 3D finite element models. The proposed protocol can be used for determining stress and strain distributions and contact kinetics in different knee elements at different body postures during various physical activities. Several examples are provided to highlight the capabilities and potential applications of the proposed protocol. This includes preliminary results on the role of body weight on the stresses and strains induced in the knee articular cartilages and meniscus during single-leg stance and calculations of the induced stresses and ligament forces during the gait cycle.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)589-603
Number of pages15
JournalComputer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Finite element method
  • Knee biomechanics
  • Motion analysis
  • Subject-specific model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Science Applications


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