Orthopedic Biomechanics Laboratory

Virtual Body Parts

How the Body Works: State-of-the-art equipment in the Orthopedic Biomechanics Laboratory allows Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology students and faculty to examine physiological loading to cadaveric specimens implanted with orthopedic devices.

About the Orthopedic Biomechanics Laboratory

The Orthopedic Biomechanics Laboratory is a collaboration between Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and the Joint Replacement Surgeons of Indiana Research Foundation, based at the Center for Hip & Knee Surgery in Mooresville, Ind. The program's core mission is to provide undergraduate and graduate engineering students at Rose-Hulman with valuable research opportunities in the field of orthopedics. Collaboration began in 2004 with a generous gift from 1948 Rose-Hulman alumnus Howard Freers and the sponsorship of two biomedical engineering masters theses. Since then, eight master's thesis and numerous undergraduate research projects have been conducted in the laboratory, resulting in multiple conference presentations and peer reviewed journal publications. Laboratory space is utilized in the John T. Myers Center for Technological Research with Industry on campus. In 2007, JRSI Research Foundation and Rose-Hulman expanded the collaboration by hiring a full-time engineering director to oversee research efforts at Rose-Hulman.

About the Joint Replacement Surgeons of Indiana Research Foundation

The Joint Replacement Surgeons of Indiana (JRSI) Research Foundation is committed to clinical and biomedical research in the field of orthopedics. The mission of the foundation is to foster the advancement of hip and knee replacement surgical procedures, implants and survivorship in order to improve the long-term function and well-being of the patients who suffer from debilitating arthritis and associated disorders. A total of over 400 peer reviewed journal articles have been published by researchers affiliated with JRSI in the last 20 years. Find out more at www.rose-hulman.edu/jrsi.

JRSI Orthopaedic Biomedical Engineering Laboratory

The JRSI orthopaedic laboratory is a collaborative research effort between the Rose-Hulman ABBE department and the Joint Replacement Surgeons of Indiana Research Foundation based out of the Center for Hip and Knee Surgery in Mooresville, Indiana. Projects conducted in the laboratory are joint partnerships between students, faculty, research staff, orthopaedic surgeons, and industry. The research program places an emphasis on the evaluation of surgical techniques and device design in total knee arthroplasty, partial knee arthroplasty, and total hip arthroplasty procedures. Investigative techniques include materials testing, digital image correlation, strain gage analysis, medical imaging and computational modeling. Recent projects presented by students at national engineering conferences have included: "A Biomechanical Analysis of Implant-Induced Cup Deformation in Acetabular Cup Designs", "Factors Influencing Tibial Loading Following Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Finite Element Study", and "Biomechanical Assessment of Tibial Component Slope in Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty". Additional information can be found at www.rose-hulman.edu/jrsi.

Various Faculty, contact Scott Small x8633; smallsr[at]rose-hulman[dot]edu