ESR 1: Hip Simulator

Early Stage Researcher:  Faezeh Moshfeghifar
Host institution
: University of Copenhagen (UCPH, DK)
Supervisor: Kenny Erleben, UCPH
Clinical expert co-supervisor: Dr. Christian Wong, Hvidovre Hospital(HH, DK. DK website)
Further institution involved: University of Luxembourg (UL, LU), Universidad Ray Juan Carlos (URJC, ES), Aalborg University (AAU, DK)


For population studies a biomechanical understanding of the hip joint is a prerequisite for understanding tendencies and correlation to treatment plans. We will create a ‘simulator’ for clinical use to obtain an intimate understanding of biomechanical originated pathologies or injuries in a population. To achieve minimal user-intervention, we use registration methods to generate quality meshes from images of pelvic region obtained from open data sets. We will create a design decision tool for clinical experts combining automatic meshing tools with biomechanical FEM analysis and model-order reduction methods. Objectives are shared with ESR1. ESR1 has main focus on FEA simulation where ESR2 mainly concentrates on automizing population studies.

Expected Results

Development of suitable model of the acetabulum and proximal femur using FEA. In collaboration with ESR2 & ESR 5 combine FEA and image registration for population studies.

Planned research stays

  • UCPH (6 months): Studying numerical properties for quality measuring of hip joint.
  • UL (3 months): Training in mechanical simulation and model-order reduction.
  • HH (6 months): training in making patient specific FE models of hip joint
  • UCPH (11 months): Auotmizing FE meshing and simulation technology for population studies.
  • AAU (1,5 months): Soft tissue modelling
  • UCPH (4 months): Automizing FE meshing and simulation technology for population studies
  • URJC (2 months): population study and automating the modelling process
  • UCPH (4,5 months): thesis writing