A model for studies of mechanical interactions between the human spine and rib cage.
Andriacchi-T; Schultz-A; Belytschko-T; Galante-J
J Biomech 1974 Nov; 7(6):497-507
A three-dimensional mathematical model is presented for studies of the mechanics of the human skeletal thorax, with appropriate geometric and stiffness property data assigned to the elements. Studies indicate that the rigid body motion of calcified portions of the rib make a major contribution to the deformation of the rib cage in response to certain types of loading. Quantitative results are also reported on the roles the rib cage plays in bending responses of the spine, the lateral stability of the spine, and the production and correction of several scoliotic deformities.
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Grant; Skeletal-system; Spinal-cord; Anatomy; Bone-structure
Materials Engineering University of Illinois Dept of Materials Engr, Bx4348 Chicago, Ill 60680
Journal of Biomechanics
University of Illinois Chicago Circle, Chicago, Illinois