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Development of a Finite Element Model for the Pedestrian Lower Limb – Development and Validation of a Knee Joint Model –

Article of Honda R&D Technical Review Vol.13 No.2

Summary

A finite element model for a human lower limb in a standing position has been developed that connects long bone models of a lower limb at the knee with ligament models. The knee joint model incorporates both the articular cartilage and the meniscus, which are deemed to be important elements in the accurate prediction of ligament loading. The model has been validated against published lateral lower limb impact tests, and the results showed that the model can accurately reproduce the shearing displacement and bending angle of the knee joint. In addition, comparison of the model with test data on damage to four main knee ligaments showed that the model was able to simulate the ligamentous damage that had been observed in more than half of the test cases.

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Author (organization or company)

Yukou TAKAHASHI(Tochigi R&D Center)、Yuji KIKUCHI(Tochigi R&D Center)、Atsuhiro KONOSU(Japan Automobile Research Institute)、Hirotoshi ISHIKAWA(Japan Automobile Research Institute)

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