Journal of Theoretical
and Applied Mechanics

45, 1, pp. 25-32, Warsaw 2007

The finite element model of the human rib cage

Jan Awrejcewicz, Bartosz Łuczak
In the paper, finite element analysis of the rib cage model is applied to recognize stress distributions and to determine the rate of bone fractures (especially for pathologically changed bones). Two thorax models are considered and the role of the implant is illustrated and discussed. The simulation result shows a good agreement with the cadaver test data.
Keywords: finite element model; thorax; rib cage; Nuss implant; pectus excavatum; fail chest