Course in Biomechanics and Finite Element Analysis

Institut Català de Paleontologia organizes a course in Biomechanics and Finite Element Analysis specially for palaeontologists and biologists. The course will be held in the “Museum of the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont”  Sabadell (Catalonia) on March 5-9, 2012.

The course intends to foster in the attendants the ability to use the interdisciplinary approach of biomechanics, especially (but not only) through examples in palaeontology. Simple models based on the basic principles of classical physics will be used to infer the life history of extinct vertebrates. On the other hand, there will be an introduction to the Finite Element Analysis to be applied in palaeontology and other biological areas in order to modelling biological structures and understand how they worked. It will cover all the steps involved in FEA starting from a Medical Image Reconstruction of the model, how to define the material properties of bone, the use of a consistent Mesh Generation Method and finally, how understand the results obtained in a computational simulation.

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