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An Investigation Into the Upper Arm Deformation Under Inflatable Cuff

[+] Author Affiliations
H. Lan, A. M. Al-Jumaily

Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand

A. Lowe

Pulsecor Limited, Auckland, New Zealand

Paper No. IMECE2008-67009, pp. 621-624; 4 pages
  • ASME 2008 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 2: Biomedical and Biotechnology Engineering
  • Boston, Massachusetts, USA, October 31–November 6, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4863-0 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3840-2
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


The human upper arm is simulated using a nonlinear geometrical and physical model. To create a more realistic simulation, the geometry of the model is based on the visible human body dataset. The model consists of four parts, humerus, brachial artery, muscle, and other soft tissues. All the materials used in this model are assumed to be incompressible and hyperelastic. The unique properties of each material are specified and described. Incorporating all of these facts, a finite element model is developed using the commercial programme ABAQUS® . The upper arm tissues’ deformations and artery collapse process under compression are simulated in this model. The proposed model has the potential to simulate the tissue deformations under inflatable cuffs exposed to arm movements.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME
Topics: Deformation



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