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The Biomechanics Group of Simón Bolívar University has developed numerous engineering projects that have solved or provided alternatives to various problems posed by medical professionals. All this has been carried out thanks to the participation and advice of our professors and the dedication of students interested in this area of engineering.

 

Simón Bolivar University - Biomechanics Group, 2018

MISION

The USB Biomechanics Group was created to get together professors and students who, with their technical-scientific knowledge, develop engineering solutions to problems in the field of health.

VISION

The creation of value for society, providing the management and services necessary to: design, build and supply devices in the field of health that contribute in an efficient and safe way to the wellfare of the community.

Its main headquarters is located in Laboratory C of the Simon Bolivar University (Sartenejas, VE). This space provides for students and teachers the necessary tools to develop any research project. There is also a library and conference room.
In addition, the Group also interacts transversely with various laboratories of the university, such as:

  • Motion & Gait Analysis Laboratory (Sartenejas Technology Park)
  • Laboratory A (development of models and prototypes, machine dynamics, computational mechanics and fluid mechanics)
  • Laboratory B (biology, chemistry and polymers)
  • Laboratory C (electronics and mechatronics)
  • Laboratory E (metallurgical processes, electronic microscopy, chemical metallurgy, polymers, metallurgical processes, materials, ceramics, corrosion and dimensional metrology)

The group has high-performance computing stations suitable for the reconstruction of biological systems, and for the design and simulation of medical devices.

Among the tasks to be executed in these workstations are:

  • Analysis of medical images
  • Design of medical devices
  • Simulation of bone structures in physiological and pathological conditions
  • Stress analysis of the designed devices
  • Computational analysis by the Finite Element Method

The computers available for research and development have installed high performance engineering software, available with a license for academic use. You can mention some software such as:

CAD modeling for biomechanical analysis
(Mimics Innovation Suite, Amira, MITK, Recap, Meshmixer)

Computer-Aided Design and Engineering
(ANSYS, Solidworks, Moldflow)

Numerical modeling
(Matlab, lattice Boltzmann codes)

Dynamic simulation for movement analysis
(OpenSIM)

 

To improve the study and analysis of human anatomy the USB Biomechanics Group also has:

  • Plastic human skeleton
  • Plastic functional reproductions of human joints
  • Medical Images Bank (Visible Human Project)