I came across this USA Today article the other day about how knee replacements are on the increase among older adults. In fact, from 1991 to 2010, a whopping 3.27 million people age 65 and older have had total knee replacements. Also, the amount of time in the hospital has decreased from 7.9 days to 3.5 days.
This means I’ll be dealing with a lot more of the elderly jogging past me on my runs, hitting overhead smashes at tennis or giving a mean crossover dribble/layup in basketball.
Guess who I have to thank for making it possible for the elderly to continue their dominance over me? If you guessed ANSYS, I’ll give you a high five.
I have two examples I’d like to share with you:
- DePuy Spine, the oldest manufacturer of orthopedic implants in the U.S. designing knee replacements, used ANSYS to replicate physical testing and gain detailed information on stress and deflection that can be difficult to detect in physical labs. (Read the Structural Analysis of Replacement Knee Design case study.)
- Institute Technological of Celaya used ANSYS to analyze the wear of a knee joint prosthesis through a machine that simulates a gait cycle in movement and force. View the full presentation Development of a machine to test knee joint prosthesis.
So the next time you get beaten by 7 strokes in golf by your parents, don’t blame yourself…blame ANSYS.