Development of a Three-Dimensional Finite Element Model of Spine

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 527)


Objective—To develop a three-dimensional finite element model of spine for further biomechanical studies. MethodsA 21-year-old male volunteer was included in this study. CT images were used to construct the finite element model of the spine from T1 vertebrae to sacrum. The material properties of biological tissues in the model were based on data of cadaver test and material test in the literatures. The range of motion of the model was compared with the previous study. The model was optimized until that the simulation results were similar with the literature results. Results—The 3D FE model of spine was developed that contained vertebrae from T1 to sacrum. The model consisted of 509,580 nodes and 445,722 hexahedrons. Conclusions—A 3D FE model of postoperative spine was successfully developed, which would serve as effective tool for subsequent biomechanical analysis.


Finite element analysis Spine Biomechanics 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

The study had obtained approval from the Army Key Laboratory of SEEPC Ethics Committee.

All subjects participated in experiment had signed the informed consent.

All relevant safety, heath and rights had been met in relation to subject protection.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Southwest Hospital, Third Military Medical UniversityChongqingChina
  2. 2.The Quartermaster Research Institute of Engineering and TechnologyBeijingChina
  3. 3.Department of OrthopaedicsGeneral Hospital of Chinese People’s Liberation ArmyBeijingChina

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