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    Permeability mapping of gelatin methacryloyl hydrogels

    , Article Acta Biomaterialia ; Volume 77 , 2018 , Pages 38-47 ; 17427061 (ISSN) Miri, A. K ; Goodarzi Hosseinabadi, H ; Cecen, B ; Hassan, S ; Shrike Zhang, Y ; Sharif University of Technology
    Abstract
    We report the development of an efficient, customized spherical indentation-based testing method to systematically estimate the hydraulic permeability of gelatin methacryloyl (GelMA) hydrogels fabricated in a wide range of mass concentrations and photocrosslinking conditions. Numerical simulations and Biot's theory of poroelasticity were implemented to calibrate our experimental data. We correlated elastic moduli and permeability coefficients with different GelMA concentrations and crosslinking densities. Our model could also predict drug release rates from the GelMA hydrogels and diffusion of biomolecules into the three-dimensional GelMA hydrogels. The results potentially provide a design... 

    Dynamic responses of intervertebral disc during static creep and dynamic cyclic loading: A parametric Poroelastic finite element analysis

    , Article Biomedical Engineering - Applications, Basis and Communications ; Volume 25, Issue 1 , 2013 ; 10162372 (ISSN) Nikkhoo, M ; Haghpanahi, M ; Parnianpour, M ; Wang, J. L ; Sharif University of Technology
    2013
    Abstract
    Low back pain is a common reason for activity limitation in people younger than 45 years old, and was proved to be associated with heavy physical works, repetitive lifting, impact, stationary work postures and vibrations. The study of load transferring and the loading condition encountered in spinal column can be simulated by finite element models. The intervertebral disc is a structure composed of a porous material. Many physical models were developed to simulate this phenomenon. The confounding effects of poroelastic properties and loading conditions on disc mechanical responses are, nevertheless, not cleared yet. The objective of this study was to develop an axisymmetric poroelastic... 

    Biomechanical response of intact, degenerated and repaired intervertebral discs under impact loading – Ex-vivo and In-Silico investigation

    , Article Journal of Biomechanics ; Volume 70 , March , 2018 , Pages 26-32 ; 00219290 (ISSN) Nikkhoo, M ; Wang, J. L ; Parnianpour, M ; El-Rich, M ; Khalaf, K ; Sharif University of Technology
    Elsevier Ltd  2018
    Abstract
    Understanding the effect of impact loading on the mechanical response of the intervertebral disc (IVD) is valuable for investigating injury mechanisms and devising effective therapeutic modalities. This study used 24 porcine thoracic motion segments to characterize the mechanical response of intact (N = 8), degenerated (Trypsin-denatured, N = 8), and repaired (Genepin-treated, N = 8) IVDs subject to impact loading. A meta-model analysis of poroelastic finite element simulations was used in combination with ex-vivo creep and impact tests to extract the material properties. Forward analyses using updated specimen-specific FE models were performed to evaluate the effect of impact duration. The...