We produce leading research and consultancy in many fields of hard and soft tissue biomechanics research. Our main expertise is in the areas of bone analysis and characterization, mechanobiology and tissue properties, as well as tissue mechanics, orthopaedic biomechanics, bioengineering, musculoskeletal science, bone biomechanics, forensic biomechanics, biomaterials and tissue substitutes, trauma and impact and accident analysis. Read more Read less

The latest data derived from activities in these areas is used to inform our teaching programme, which is integrated and embedded within the Modular Forensic Master's programme run by the Cranfield Forensic Institute.

Our research

Current research projects include:

  • Ageing human bone: mechanical behaviour, composite material nature, in-vivo fatigue micro-damage, crack localisation and properties, fatigue damage accumulation.
  • Biomechanics of ACL reconstructions
  • Bone mineral
  • Environmental and toxic effects on bone
  • Forensic determination of ‘age-at-time-of-death'
  • Fracture-toughness of Cancellous Bone
  • ‘Free fall’ accidents
  • Microcracking in bone
  • Nano and Micro-mechanical Properties
  • Non-invasive Bone Assessment: BOSCOS (BOne SCanning for Occupant Safety)
  • Osteoporotic Trabecular Bone
  • Processed Bone

Our courses

We invite expressions of interest for undertaking a research degree (PhD, MSc) in any of the currently active research areas.

These research areas vary from the usual basic bone biomechanics topics (properties of ageing bone; microcracks and their analysis; damage mechanics in bone; fatigue damage accumulation; micromechanical bone properties) to more modern topics of numerical and computational biomechanics (micro-finite element modelling studies starting from structural information provided by CT scans) and expanding into the physicochemical analysis of small bone samples.

Summer research internships, which are also considered by some Universities and establishments as industrial summer placements, are also welcome and the Group has a programme to vet and process such applications.

Group head Dr Peter Zioupos has hosted a number of ERASMUS (European research mobility programme) students who arrived in CMMR from various European universities to spend a period of intense research study. This is usually conducted from April to the end of July and culminates with the creation of a report, which is completed under the guidance of the host institution (Cranfield University) and is handed over to the European institution of the student’s origin.