2022/02/16 | People | Biomechanics

PhD thesis defense Denis Schenk

Congratulations to Denis Elia Schenk, who successfully defended his PhD project “Personalized Homogenized Finite Element Analysis for the Reproducible Assessment of Bone Strength” on 11 February 2022! For his research at the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics (MSB) lab, Denis has worked on methods to assess bone strength, especially in view of osteoporosis risk. His research has won the Best Student Award at the 17th Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering (CMBBE) Symposium 2021.

The prediction of personalized in vivo bone strength from HR-pQCT in a nutshell: 1) high resolution CT of patients bone segment, 2) basic image processing and segmentation of VOI, 3) generation of homogenized finite element model including 2-phase material mapping and computation fabric orientation and 4) simulation of bone strength and validation with experimental results.