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Life sciences industry requires realistic finite element simulation

Historically, simulation has not played as large a role in Life Sciences as it has in more traditional engineering industries like Automotive or Aerospace. This is due to the fact that the Life Sciences industry is often driven by innovators – a select few inventors who create products that are then marketed by larger companies. In addition, the simulation of human systems and their interaction is considerably more difficult and less evolved than the simulation of metal components. Human tissue response is complex and not easily simulated with simplified models. Material modeling of medical devices, such as composite implants, for example, is also challenging. Finally, the loads applied to both tissue and devices are often not well understood.

Dassault Systemes SIMULIA solution

The SIMULIA product suite contains a wide variety of materials, procedures and load types to simulate the human body, medical and surgical equipment, and the manner in which the equipment is used. Abaqus has been used to simulate implanted devices (stents, artificial heart valves, dental implants), orthopedics (artificial knees, hips), brain injury due to head impact damage, tissue modeling, mechanics of feet, and portable devices for blood monitoring, among other applications. Abaqus results have been used in PMA and 510-K submissions required by the US FDA and have similarly been used to obtain CE mark approval in Europe. In addition, SIMULIA has extensive experience in medical device simulation through our field consulting offices. Our offices can help you get started with the simulation of your medical devices and can support the implementation of Abaqus products within your medical product design organization.

References in the life sciences industry

Below you can find customer references for the life sciences industry.

Abaqus at FEops (Belgium)

SIMULIA solutions, used in conjunction with FEops proprietary software, enabled FEops to provide surgeons and cardiovascular device designers with a tool that allows them to pre-operatively visualize surgical procedures and accurately predict the behavior of the devices. This translates to time and cost savings for FEops’ customers and improved quality of care for patients.

Abaqus and Isight at Medtronic (US)

Using Abaqus FEA and advanced probabilistic computational tools in Isight, engineers were able to identify key parameters, input manufacturing tolerances and variability, and improve stent component performance, which was then verified to be in good agreement with physical test results simulating a regulated 10-year-life product performance requirement.

4RealSim Consultancy

Our team has experience in knee, dental, and other simulations of the life sciences industry.

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