Engineering Design and Analysis

The Materials and Structural Testing Core Laboratory staff has experience with a number of different software platforms that aid in rapid analysis and interpretation and communication of test data. Custom programs can be created to apply numerical methods to process data in batches and perform basic statistical analysis (MATLAB, JMP). Image analysis software can be used to view medical imaging data, conduct geometric analysis of anatomical structures and develop computer models of segmented structures (Mimics, ImageJ). Computer-aided drafting software (Solidworks) aids in developing cost-effective equipment and fixture designs. Loading conditions can be applied to complex geometry to predict stresses and strains on anatomical structures with finite element modeling (ABAQUS), with further value added by the testing the laboratory can provide to validate models.