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This site provides data for building multibody knee models from one in vivo subject and 3 cadaver knees. The site also provides examples of knee models that include compliant contacts, the menisci, ligaments, and tissue wrapping.

The purpose of this site is to disseminate geometry and modeling information for development of knee models, primarily in the multibody framework. MBKnee_4 is based on in vivo measurements from a 29 year old female while MBKnee_1, MBKnee_2, and MBKnee_3 are based on cadaver knees that were physically tested in a dynamic knee simulator. Knee geometries (bone, cartilage, and mensici) were derived from Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and ligament insertions come from MRI, the literature, and probing the cadaver knees. The site also contains information on ligament modeling, such as bundle insertion locations and zero load lengths. Examples of knee models are also provided in the form of ADAMS command files. MBKnee_4 is the most recent model and it includes representation of the medial and lateral menisci, wrapping around bone and cartilage of the meniscal horn attachments, attachments of the deep medial collateral ligament and the anterolateral ligament to the menisci, representation of the posterior oblique ligament and the anterolateral ligament, ligament zero load lengths (or reference strain) determined from experimental laxity measurements, and measured motion to deep flexion.

Funding for this work was provided by the National Institute of Arthritis an Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (RAR061698) and by the National Science Foundation (CMS-0506297).


Data and example models for 1 in vivo subject and 3 cadaver knees are provided. The data includes geometries, ligament parameters, and multibody models as ADAMS cmd files. More information and instructions for each knee are provided with the package data. Please post all inquiries through the site forum.

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