Finite element modeling of the intervertebral disc

S. W. Yang*, N. A. Langrana, C. K. Lee

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In the recent past several investigators have utilized finite element analysis (FEA) to simulate the load-deformation characteristics of the lumbar intervertebral joint [1,2,3,4,5,6]. The underlying goal has been to understand a role of mechanical factors associated with the injury and disease in the lumbar intervertebral joint. This study was performed with the intention of developing a defect or an injury model. A fiber reinforced composite finite element model of a lumbar disc L3-4 has been developed. This paper discusses sensitivities of one of the mechanical factors, namely material properties on the elongation and the stress behavior within the disc under uniaxial compressive load.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 1988
EventComputational Methods in Bioengineering - Chicago, IL, USA
Duration: 27 Nov 19882 Dec 1988


ConferenceComputational Methods in Bioengineering
CityChicago, IL, USA


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