Vahid Arbabi won runner-up prize Best Doctoral Thesis Award

News - 15 August 2017

Vahid Arbabi, postdoctoral researcher at the department of BioMechanical Engineering, was awarded the runner-up prize for the Best Doctoral Thesis Award in Biomechanics by the European Society of Biomechanics (ESB). It is the first time that this prestigious international prize is awarded to the department of BioMechanical Engineering of 3mE. Vahid performed his research under supervision of professor Harrie Weinans and associate professor Amir Zadpoor.

The topic of the thesis was estimation of the mechanical and physical properties of articular cartilage, which are crucial in proper understanding of the commencement and progression of osteoarthritis. Vahid developed advanced computational models and applied them to indentation and diffusion tests based on micro-computed tomography to determine the Young’s modulus, Poisson’s ratio, permeability, solute diffusivity, and fixed charge density of articular cartilage. An alternative approach was introduced based on combined artificial neural networks and finite element models to enable experimentalists using advanced computational models for interpretation of experimental data with regard to diffusion in soft tissues.

Vahid Arbabi received his award during the 23rd congress of ESB in July 2017, in Seville, Spain.

The Best Doctoral Thesis in Biomechanics recognizes the development of an outstanding doctoral thesis that has contributed to the advancement of the theory and/or applications of Biomechanics. The award includes an honorarium of €250 and a certificate. Read more here.

Click here to read the PhD thesis ‘Multi-physics computational models of articular cartilage for estimation of its mechanical and physical properties’