Design and Testing of Physical Models to Investigate Shaken Baby Syndrome
Supervisors: Dr R A Tomlinson, Dr N Sims
Shaken baby syndrome is a controversial issue in the medical and legal fields, and has received substantial media attention (e.g. Panorama, March 2008). It is believed that shaken baby syndrome occurs when a baby is violently shaken, but some scientists argue that a head impact is also required. This project aims to investigate the strains experienced by the brain tissue by using simplified physical models of an infant’s skull. Experimental mechanics techniques will be used to test these models in order to validate numerical models.
Previous experience / requirements: Interest in experimental work and solid mechanics
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