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Kim, Meung J.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical engineering; Biomechanics; Engineering; Sports--Physiological aspects--Research; Sports injuries--Prevention--Research; Human mechanics--Research; Sports injuries--Research


There has been a wide spread research in the field of sports biomechanics, providing useful information about the risk of injuries in various sports. This information is beneficial in educating athletes and professional trainers about the possible risk of injuries and providing them guidelines to prevent injuries. Most of the studies in literature have focused on individual parts of the body, like knee joints, limbs, skull bones. However, little attempts have been made to develop a biomechanical model of complete human body to obtain stress distribution in simple postures of standing and sitting. This model can be improvised and used to simulate various postures of athletes that are susceptible to the risk of injuries. The objective of this study is to simulate various postures of different athletes, investigate the stress distribution patterns of each posture considering body acceleration and optimize this postures for minimal risk of injury. An idealized model of human skeleton is modelled in solid works and used for the purpose of analysis. A finite element method -- Ansys workbench is used for stress analysis.


Advisors: Meung J. Kim.||Committee members: Abhijit Gupta; Pradip Majumdar.


87 pages




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