experimental biomechanics laboratory

Location: E106 College of Engineering, Lawrence Technological University, 21000 West Ten Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48075, USA

Director: Eric G. Meyer, PhD (bio)
Contact: p. (248) 204-2606, f. (248) 204-2527, emeyer@ltu.edu

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Mission Statement: The goal of our laboratory is to advance experimental biomechanics understanding by providing practical training to engineering and medical students and advancing the boundary of knowledge through translational research. To achieve these goals we combine in vivo testing of human and animal subjects with cadaver and surrogate in vitro models and computer simulations to understand injury mechanisms and predict risk. Finally, our lab collaborates with clinicians to develop preventative and regenerative treatments for soft tissue damage and degeneration.


Facilities:

  • Vicon motion analysis system for gait analysis, biomechanical tissue testing, and 3D computer generated animation, including 8 Bonita cameras, and a Basler high speed reference video camera, with Nexus, Polygon and Plug In Gait software.
  • Instron, ElectroPlus E1000, biaxial (tension/compression & torsion) electro-mechanical testing machine with Instron Advanced Video Extensometer.
  • Tissue preparation and storage facilities, including a wet lab with -20°C freezer, refrigerator, extraction hood.
  • Loading fixtures for tension/compression, bending and torsion experiments with accompanying environmental chambers/water bath. Customized test fixtures are designed and fabricated on-site.
  • Pressure sensitive film for measuring contact pressures and areas during loading.
  • Custom built shoe/surface rotational traction measurement device.
  • Lower extremity computer models for predicting ligament strain and/or cartilage/bone stress during sports injury scenarios.
  • Collaboration with Center for Innovative Materials Research, including several MTS servo-hydraulic materials testing machines and other unique test equipment.
  • Collaboration with Tissue Engineering Laboratory, including cell culture lab with waterbath, centrifuge, vortex mixer, CO2 incubator, laminar flow culture hood, oven, hot plate, mass balance, tissue engineering tension bioreactor, and light microscope.
  • Collaboration with Environmental SEM Laboratory, including the capability to image wet, oily, soft and porous materials without the need for conductive coating, a high resolution and depth of focus, in situ heating and cooling, in situ mechanical testing (up to 300 N), and X-ray microanalysis.
  • Collaboration with Life Sciences Laboratories, including cell culture lab and biochemistry labs with extensive equipment available, including ultrapure water filtration, autoclaves, waterbathes, shaker tables, centrifuges, flow hoods, CO2 incubators, multiplate reader, and a florescent microscope with CCD camera.
  • Collaboration with medical imaging facilities for MRI, CT and μCT.
  • Collaboration with cadaver and animal testing facilities, including a unique traumatic isolated ACL-rupture model for in vivo research.