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Computational Simulation in Medicine and Surgery – Selected Applications, with focus on Microvascular Haemodynamics Event

28 June 2017
Building 07, Room 3021

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Event details

Bioengineering Seminar with speakers Mr Richard A J Wain and Dr Justin P M Whitty (University of Central Lancashire)

Abstract: We provide a summary of computational modelling recently employed through effective collaborations between the medical, mathematical and engineering research communities at the University of Central Lancashire and University of Birmingham. This will include principal techniques involved with the finite element method for bone modelling, and development of this for evaluating dental implants and predicting fracture propagation. Details of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) will also be discussed in the context of blood flow simulation, along with the specifics of microvascular flows and incorporation of anastomotic techniques. Particular focus will be placed on microarterial flows in steady-state and transient simulations. Here we will address vessel geometry creation, simulation strategies, analytic verification techniques, significance of simulation findings, and scope for further research.


Mr Richard A J Wain, MB ChB MRCS(Eng) MSc(Res) PGCert(Med Ed)

Richard Wain is a senior trainee in plastic surgery with an interest in reconstructive surgery for oncological and traumatic defects. He qualified from the University of Manchester in 2006 and, to date has completed his surgical training across the North West of England. He has a long-standing interest in clinical academia and research, with over 25 peer-reviewed publications in the last 7 years. Richard is currently undertaking a Research Fellowship at the Institute of Translational Medicine, University of Birmingham, and is a member of the Computational Mechanics Research Group at the University of Central Lancashire.

Richard’s research is centred on exploring local haemodynamics in microvascular anastomoses. He uses a combination of computational simulation (ANSYS-CFX) and surgical training models in an attempt to identify flow phenomena contributing to intravascular thrombus formation. He was awarded an MSc by Research from the University of Central Lancashire (2012) for his initial work on the subject, funded by a £10,500 grant from the Rosemere Cancer Foundation. Since then, alongside surgical training, Richard has continued to develop his simulations to make them as physiologically and clinically relevant as possible. It is the aim of his work to identify optimum flow characteristics and recommend improvements to surgical technique. Richard is also keen to explore novel anastomotic devices, which could ultimately reduce failure rates.

Dr Justin P M Whitty, BEng(Hons) MPhil MIMechE PGCE MSc(Dist) PhD CEng

Justin Whitty is a Senior Lecturer in mechanical engineering and leads the Computational Mechanics Research Group at the University of Central Lancashire. He completed his MPhil at UMIST in Finite Difference Modelling (FDM) of polymer friction welding part-time whist completing his professional training in Mechanical Engineering at Bombardier-UK, where he specialized in wing-flutter and Finite Element (FE) modal analysis. He completed his PhD in the thermo-mechanical properties of auxetic materials at the University of Bolton in 2003. He then completed a three-year Post-doctoral research fellowship jointly at McLaren Formula-1 and the University of Bolton investigating the crash-performance of quasi-isotopic laminate composite materials.

He joined the University of Central Lancashire in September 2008 as a Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering where he began to develop cellular solid modelling protocols to investigate bone fracture propagation using sophisticated death of elements procedures resident within ANSYS. He took over leadership of the Computational Mechanics Research Group, which contains 10 Academic members of staff, 2 members of support staff, 6 researchers, 3 MSc research students, and 7 industrialists in 2013. Over the last four years the group has produced some 50 full refereed journal papers, 5 book chapters and 4 review articles relating to engineering simulation across a number of fields including Medical Engineering, Composite and cellular materials, Nuclear Engineering & Design, Predictive Reliability, Heat Transfer and, Thermodynamics. Dr Whitty has a particular interest in computational simulation for medicine and dentistry and has supervised PhD and MSc research projects to completion. He has recently been asked to sit on the University of Central Lancashire's REF panel for Engineering, and has taken over leadership of the MSc in Mechanical Engineering.

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