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A bottom-up approach to Muscle Mechanics

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Muscles exhibit highly complex behaviour made up of thousands of individual muscle fibres, each with different properties, interacting with each other and the surrounding bio-mechanical structures. Linking the fundamental response of a single fibre to the whole muscle behaviour is a challenge. This is especially true for human muscles were developing a realistic scalable computational representation has eluded the biomechanics community to-date.

Developing such a model is important as skeletal muscle disorders can be understood (and hence treated) from a fundamental standpoint. In this project, we shall develop a truly representative patient-specific mathematical model to study how fast and slow muscle fibres, work and generate force and displacement in muscle bundles allowing for locomotion to happen. Once developed full-scale validation studies will be carried out to test the efficacy of such an approach.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical/Civil/Aeronautical or a related subject.

A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Biomechanics, Materials Science, Computational Science.

How to apply

All applications should be made online at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/. Under programme name select Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering.
Please quote this reference number to : ARUF2018

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