A finite element analysis of a boa constrictor skull and the design of a jaw bone transducer

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dc.contributor Jackson, John E.
dc.contributor Richardson, James A.
dc.contributor.advisor Barkey, Mark E.
dc.contributor.author Tadi, Nava Sundeep Avinash Reddy
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T14:41:10Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T14:41:10Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000601
dc.identifier.other Tadi_alatus_0004M_10679
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/1106
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this research is to analyze the finite element model of a Boa constrictor skull and design a transducer at the jaw bone to measure the forces applied during feeding. The concepts in mechanics are applied to simulate and study the behavior of jaws while feeding.. In this study, the images of the skull of a boa constrictor were scanned to obtain the precise size and shape of each of the bones inside. The specimen was scanned using the X-ray micro tomography procedure. This process left several regions in the finite element model unconnected. These regions are corrected using the software HYPERMESH. The loading and boundary conditions along with the various properties like the Elastic modulus, Poisson's ratio are given to the FE model in ABAQUS before analyzing it. Electrical resistance strain gauges are simulated to have attached to the jawbone at two different points. The strain measured is then used to find out the forces that caused it, by using the various concepts and principles in solid and continuum mechanics. Electrical resistance strain gauges, numerical methods, moments of inertia are some of the commonly used terms in this analysis.
dc.format.extent 63 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Engineering
dc.title A finite element analysis of a boa constrictor skull and the design of a jaw bone transducer
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
etdms.degree.discipline Aerospace Engineering
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.S.


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