Modelling the Thorax - Kinematics

Dear all,
I am a new user of AnyBody and new to this forum, so I am not sure if what I’ll ask should be posted in this section. I am currently reading for a Masters Degree via Research where I require the use of a Thorax Model on Anybody to simulate the movement of the chest for various physiological scenarios, and as a result obtain the loading patterns if possible.

I would like to ask, is there an existing model of the Thorax which I can use for the purpose of my project? If there is, is it possible to be guided to obtain this model?
I apologise again if my thread is inadequate for this forum, but as I have already stated, I am new to this community.

Thank you and looking forward to your replies.

Regards,
Nicholas Farrugia
University of Malta - M.Sc researcher

Hi Nicholas,

A thoracic model is very complicated because of the many internal joint connections. I know that a few groups around the world are working on models. Two early models were presented at the World Congress of Biomechanics in Boston last summer. I think the abstracts are still available online: http://wcb2014.com/.

There is also a current student project going on i Taiwan that I know of. However, even if you obtain any of theses early models, they should be used with caution. There are so many choices made in the process of creating such a model that ideally should be scrutinized and validated before we can be sure that they are correct.

John

Hi John,

Thank you for your quick reply and explanation.

Regards,
Nicholas Farrugia
University of Malta - M.Sc researcher