Photoelastic and Finite Element Analyses of Occlusal Loads in Mandibular Body


This study proposed to evaluate the mandibular biomechanics in the posterior dentition based on experimental and computational analyses. The analyses were performed on a model of human mandible, which was modeled by epoxy resin for photoelastic analysis and by computer-aided design for finite element analysis. To standardize the evaluation, specific areas were determined at the lateral surface of mandibular body. The photoelastic analysis was configured through a vertical load on the first upper molar and fixed support at the ramus of mandible. The same configuration was used in the computer simulation. Force magnitudes of 50, 100, 150, and 200 N were applied to evaluate the bone stress. The stress results presented similar distribution in both analyses, with the more intense stress being at retromolar area and oblique line and alveolar process at molar level. This study presented the similarity of results in the experimental and computational analyses and, thus, showed the high importance of morphology biomechanical characterization at posterior dentition.

DOI: 10.1155/2014/174028

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@inproceedings{Rossi2014PhotoelasticAF, title={Photoelastic and Finite Element Analyses of Occlusal Loads in Mandibular Body}, author={Ana Cl{\'a}udia Rossi and Alexandre Rodrigues Freire and Felippe Bevilacqua Prado and Luciana Asprino and Lourenço Correr-Sobrinho and Paulo Henrique Ferreira Caria}, booktitle={Anatomy research international}, year={2014} }