Computational simulation of the wear process of orthopaedic joints

   School of Engineering

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  Dr Phil Hyde  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Orthopaedic joints such as hips and knees are now a relatively common operation. However, they are essentially plain bearings and so are subject to wear and friction. Understanding how friction and wear manifests itself at the bearing interface in the body would be beneficial for designing the next generation of these devices. Newcastle Bioengineering Group has already completed a large amount of experimental work, which continues, but there is a need for computational simulation to enhance this work. Experience of simulation, both in solid mechanics and fluid mechanics, would be ideal. The overall goal is to model small flows between bearing surfaces and find out what parameters are most important. You must be independent and curious. The project will be PC-based with collaboration with lab-based colleagues. 

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