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Strand Simulation for Biomechanics

Shinjiro Sueda, Postdoctoral scholar at University of British Columbia

Date and Time: Sep 14, 2011 (12:30 PM)
Location: Orchard room (3280) at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery Building


A significant challenge in biomechanical simulations is the
handling of complex routing and contact constraints between
muscles, tendons, and bones. I will discuss the constrained
strand framework, which has been developed for the simulation of
thin solids, with special focus on biomechanical simulations. In
particular, I will discuss the importance of handling various
types of constraints for biomechanical simulations, and why other
strand simulators may not be suitable for this purpose. I will
present a graphics application of the simulator, where we add
subcutaneous detail due to the motion of the tendons to the mesh
of a virtual character. I will also describe some of our ongoing
validation work using data acquired from imaging cadaver hands.