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Grant number: 12/08390-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2012
Effective date (End): July 31, 2014
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Biomedical Engineering - Bioengineering
Principal researcher:José Batista Volpon
Grantee:Sarah Fakher Fakhouri
Home Institution: Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto (FMRP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil


The human lower limb has physiological angulations between its segments that play an important role in terms of load transmission from the pelvis to the ankle. This is axis the mechanical axis and it has a normal track that depends on the angular alignment which, in turn, if disturbed alters the stress distribution in bone and joints causing disturbance in the mechanical performance and leading to future joint degeneration. Therefore, restoration of the mechanical axis is an important part of the orthopaedic treatment as it is also important in total joint replacement.The aim of the present research is to study the repercussion of pathological alignment of the lower limbs in terms of load distribution both close to the deformity and away from it, using engineering tools such as photoelasticity and finite element method. Radiographs illustrating different angular deformities of the lower limbs will be used to produce models in photoelastic resin. These models will be submitted to an application of a standardized load to the top of the femoral head and seen under polarized filter. The bands created will be analyzed both qualitatively and quantitatively. This study will be complemented by the finite element analysis. We hope to identify the most hazardous malalignments and to characterize their repercussion not only near the deformity, but also in joints away from it. This kind of evaluation has not been done before and it may provide data for new joint prosthesis design as well as to indicate deformity correction.

Scientific publications
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
FAKHOURI, SARAH FAKHER; SHIMANO, MARCOS MASSAO; MARANHO, DANIEL; ARAUJO, CLEUDMAR AMARAL; SHIMANO, ANTONIO CARLOS; VOLPON, JOSE BATISTA. Photoelastic evaluation of pathological axis deviation of the femur in the frontal plane. ADVANCES IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, v. 7, n. 3 MAR 2015. Web of Science Citations: 0.

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