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Anthony Michael James Bull
06-19-1997, 12:07 AM


This proposed project is intended to continue an existing project, that is
predicting changes in the proximal femur after hip replacement with a
cement-free fixation. We are running a prospective CT and DEXA study, that
allows us to model geometry and density of the femur, in conjunction with a
local hospital. This is used in computer modelling and finite element based
stress analysis. Bone remodelling predictions are based on changes in strain
energy density. We are already predicting the basic pattern of bone changes
correctly, but wish to make the system more accurate. We also wish to
examine a range of implant designs, to find out how widely applicable this
method may be. It can then be used for prospective implant evaluation.

At present, UK government funding is available for a 3 year PhD programme,
with an October 1997 start date. This funding requires a UK national with at
least a good BSc/BEng honours degree in mechanical engineering (or similar
subject), or a Masters degree.

Other people are encouraged to apply, as grant applications may be tailored
to their situation.

This project will be based at the Biomechanics Section, Mechanical
Engineering Department, Imperial College, London SW7 2BX, England. Imperial
College is part of London University, and is situated in central West London.

If interested in this post, please contact Dr Andrew Amis: a.amis@ic.ac.uk.

Please include details of previous experience in biomechanics, engineering
stress analysis, degree awarded/about to be gained, etc.., plus dates
available for possible interview in London after mid August.