SIMULIA Smith & Nephew Customer Story

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Project Description

Short overview

Industry: Life Sciences
Country: Belgium
Dassault Systemes SIMULIA customer
Products: Abaqus

Smith & Nephew

With 150 years of experience, UK based Smith & Nephew is an industry leader in orthopedic reconstruction and trauma. Although it operates a number of R&D centers around the world, “the Knee Centre is unique because it’s focused solely on research,” says Bernardo Innocenti, M.E., Ph.D., and the center’s Lead Project.
In 2012, Bernardo Innocenti became professor of Biomechanics at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium.

The Challenge

To accurately simulate the kinematics of replacement joints and the interaction of biological and manmade materials to improve patient outcomes.

Dassault Systèmes Response

Analysis with Abaqus from the Dassault Systèmes SIMULIA brand allows researchers to accurately predict the performance of replacement joints, plus how they will wear over time.


Smith & Nephew succeeded in accurately modeling the in vivo contact of the femoral cam and the tibial post for the first time, informing future design refinements and guidance to surgeons.

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