Mechanical and Materials EngineeringWestern Engineering

Research

  

WHAT WE DO WITH THE BRAIN

We collaborate with neuroscientists, neurobiologists and fellow engineers to develop both experimental and computational methods for analyzing biomechanical and biological responses of brain tissues to trauma events such as sports-related collisions and automotive accidents. 
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UNDERSTANDING INTRACRANIAL BIOMECHANICS OF THE BRAIN

We develop a group of numerical methods for understanding how external energy travels through the stiff skull and affects soft tissues deep inside the brain, causing acute stresses and stretches.

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INTERACTIONS OF THE HEAD AND ENVIRONMENTS

In an effort to propose better brain protections, one critical step is to understand how the head and environments interact with each other. We address questions such as: 1) what are most critical capabilities a helmet should have to prevent concussion; and 2) how a blast overpressure bypasses the helmet and loads the brain.

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MECHANISMS OF INJURY

We cannot prevent an injury unless we know its cause. Hence, we strive to understand the mechanisms of traumatic brain injury and collaborate with neurologists, neuroscientists, and molecular/cellular experts for bridging mechanics (impact) to dysfunction (injury), which leads us closer to the cause.

 

IMPACT MECHANICS AND TRAUMA

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MODELING IMPACT AND NOVEL DESIGN

New findings have been constantly made through a combination of frontier tools: physical dummy, cadaver experiment, computational simulation, constitutive equation, design optimization, statistical shape analysis, stress propagation in the body, fluid flow and structural mechanics ... 

 

CURRENT ACTIVITIES

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BIAN, Kewei

Conducts MESc thesis on the effects of impact scenarios on the brain and development of novel new models

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LEVY, Yanir

Conducts undergraduate thesis on girls' soccer concussions

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LI, Jinquan

MEng volunteer developing combined active/passive auto safety simulations

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LU, Lihong

Conducts MESc thesis on the biomechanicas of in vivo brain during laboratory impacts

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SHU, Muzi

MEng volunteer investigating micro-level axonal injury mechanisms

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VANGARA, Aditya

MEng volunteer using finite element method to improve helmet face mask