Traumatic Brain Injury Investigation Using FE Modeling of the Rat and Experimental High Amplitude Rotations in the Sagittal Plane
Paper i proceeding, 2013

A combined approach of numerical modeling and animal experiments was used to study the mechanisms of traumatic brain injury (TBI). A three‐dimensional finite element model (FEM) of the rat brain was submitted to experimental sagittal plane rotational acceleration pulses. The experimental setup provided histological analysis of injured brain tissues for a range of severities. The biomechanical response parameters were extracted from the FEM in the anatomical regions identified by experiments as prone to injuries. Von Mises stresses and first principal strains proved to increase with both the amplitude of acceleration loadings and the tissue injuries severities. Further comparison between mechanical responses and experimental histological scores allowed proposing tissue thresholds for the occurrence of TBI, namely 1.5 kPa and 4% approximately for Von Mises stresses and first principal strains, respectively. Those values can be used for further investigations of the mechanisms of TBI.

animal experiments

injury mechanisms

finite element modeling

traumatic brain injury


Michael Lamy

Daniel Baumgartner

Johan Davidsson

Chalmers, Tillämpad mekanik, Fordonssäkerhet

Vehicle and Traffic Safety Centre at Chalmers

Remy Willinger

IRCOBI Conference

2235-3151 (ISSN)

IRC-13-51 456-469





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