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Prof Elizabeth Tanner
OBE, FREng, FRSE, PhD (Hon Caus)


Research Overview

Biomedical materials, mechanical testing


Professor Tanner's research interest is centred on understanding how artificial materials interact with the body. This work can be divided into three areas: Skeletal Materials: The development, mechanical and biological testing of bone replacement materials, based on both non-degradable and biodegradable composites. Bone Biomechanics: The mechanical properties of bone, with particular consideration of the fracture behaviour of cortical bone and the effect of disease on the mechanical properties of cancellous (spongy) bone. Implant testing: The mechanical behaviour of joint replacements, with particular focus on their interaction with the supporting bone, using both mechanical testing and finite element analysis (FEA).