Graduate Research School Available Projects Design of arch supports optimised via finite element analysis of patient foot scan

Design of arch supports optimised via finite element analysis of patient foot scan

Title of Project

Design of arch supports optimised via finite element analysis of patient foot scan

Advisor/s

Dr Greg Wheatley

College or Research Centre

College of Science & Engineering

Summary of Project

“High tibial osteotomy (HTO) is a well-established and commonly utilized technique in medial knee osteoarthritis secondary to varus malalignment. Accurate measurement of the preoperative limb alignment, and the amount of correction required are essential when planning limb realignment surgery.” (1) The aim of previous work was “ to perform finite element analysis of a human foot model to study the dynamic behavior and the internal loading conditions during neutral standing on the planar ground. The foot structure is simulated to assist in the design of an instrumented shoe insole. Finite element model of a human foot was generated and the loading condition during neutral standing was used to evaluate the stress distribution. The comprehensive stress distribution of the human foot model subjected to several loading conditions can be specified by a computational model.” (2) The aim of this project is to optimise the arch support by taking x-rays of the patient foot, develop an FEA model of the bones of the foot and then to insert the arch support in the model to simulate the movement of the bones such that the optimal arch is produced in the foot. (1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4492139/ (2) https://www.researchgate.net/publication/305080712_A_Finite_Element_Analysis_of_a_Human_Foot_Model_to_Simulate_Neutral_Standing_on_Ground

Key Words

foot arch; arch support; finite element modelling

Would suit an applicant who

has a sound academic background, research experience, an interest in mechanical engineering and strong experimental and computational skills.

Updated: 15 Apr 2021