Abstract

Finite element models of the adult human head have been used to determine intracranial deformation of the brain under traumatic loading conditions [1]. Development of similar models for the infant head has been hindered by the lack of material property data for the pediatric brain and skull. Recent determination of these properties [6] has facilitated the construction of an idealized infant head model which can be used to demonstrate the effect of age-dependent properties of the braincase on the response of the infant brain to impact. The long-term goal of this research is to quantify the intracranial deformation of the neural and vascular tissue within the brain during traumatic loading and to apply these findings to the development of specialized head injury tolerances for the pediatric population.

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