Structural Modeling of Human Head

by Sunder H. Advani, Prof.; Dept. of Mech. Engrg. and Mechanics, West Virginia Univ., Morgantown, W. Va.,
Raymond P. Owings, Project Engr.; Ensco Inc., Springfield, Va.,


Serial Information: Journal of the Engineering Mechanics Division, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 3, Pg. 257-266


Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: A simplified structural characterization of the human skull-brain system is formulated. The model is represented by a linear elastic shell containing a linear elastic core incorporating experimentally determined properties. The model dynamic response for axisymmetric translational impact loading is sought by obtaining the shell-core static, free vibration, and time function solution. Structural validation of the human head model is demonstrated by comparing the model static stiffness coefficient, fundamental eigenfrequency, radial dynamic displacement, brain pressure, and shear response with corresponding experimental results.

Subject Headings: Dynamic models | Human factors | Structural models | Linear functions | Elastic analysis | Dynamic loads | Dynamic response | Statics (mechanics)

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