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Graduate Defense: Chia-Yu Yu

December 14, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Thesis Defense

Thesis Information

Title: Computational Porcine Model To Investigate Developmental Dysplasia Of The Hip

Program: Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Advisor: Dr. Clare Fitzpatrick, Biomedical Engineering

Committee Members: Dr. Erin Mannen, Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering; Dr. Trevor Lujan, Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering; and Dr. Gunes Uzer, Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering


Developmental dysplasia of the hip is one of the most common musculoskeletal malformations in neonates. While it is well-established that early detection and initiation of treatment of developmental dysplasia of the hip is crucial to successful clinical outcome, research on mechanics of the hip joint during healthy and pathological hip development in infants has been limited. Quantification of mechanical behavior in both the healthy and dysplastic developing joints may provide insight into the causes of developmental dysplasia of the hip and facilitate innovation in treatment options. In this study, subject-specific three-dimensional finite element models of two pigs were developed to characterize mechanical behavior in the acetabular articular cartilage during a normal walking cycle.