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Simulation of Traumatic Brain Injury in Children Using Finite Element Modeling

  • Author(s): Cheng, Ziman
  • Advisor(s): Kruggel, Frithjof
  • et al.

Traumatic brain injury is the main cause of disability and death in children and infants. This thesis focuses on establishing the consequences of an external force or impact on brain tissues. FE model has been introduced to investigate the consequences of impact force, either dynamic or static, onto the infant brain. Deformable meshes are involved in FE models to generate time-dependent pressure change in various brain tissues. Results demonstrate that our finite element model is capable of investigating brain tissue pressure transmission within certain impact force and can be used for simulation of minor brain injury in infants.

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