2005 Volume 48 Issue 2 Pages 292-298
Mechanical property of bone is inhomogeneous and its variation depends on individual. It influences on the total stiffness and stress condition of the bone. Therefore, mechanical analysis considering inhomogeneous property is necessary for patients oriented evaluation of bone in clinic. If the finite element method is used, the inhomogeneous analysis is possible by giving a material property to an element one by one. So that, extreme fine meshing is required. In this study, we improved the “ADVENTURE system”, which had developed by JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) as a large-scale finite element analysis system, to be applicable to stress analysis of inhomogeneous bone problems. We applied the improved program to a composite beam model with graded material property and ensured its validity by comparing between the theoretical and calculated results. Furthermore, it was applied to stress analysis of proximal femur based on CT images and its efficiency was discussed.