LBMC, IFSTTAR, 25 av. François Mitterrand, Case 24, 69675 Bron, France
Mehdi Shirzadi received a BSc (Eng) in Mechanical Engineering and a MSc (Eng) Mechanical Engineering – Computational and Applied Mechanics) |Cardiovascular Biomechanic. He is currently a PhD student of Soft Tissue Biomechanics at the first year of activity at LBMC – UCBL. The thesis project is entitled “A comprehensive study to assess saddle induced discomfort for cyclists” supervised by Laura Dubuis, Karine Bruyere, Xuguang Wang. He is aiming to assess saddle induced discomfort for cyclists through developing a validated numerical model to study the deformation and induced compressive and shear forces on the perineal tissues. For this purpose, a subject-specific finite element model of the perineal tissues of a female cyclist will be developed and used to estimate the dynamic compressive and shear forces that arise as a result of interacting with the saddle during cycling. Due to the lack of necessary data for tissue characterization and material behavior of these different constituents, experiments will be conducted to generate these and obtain the necessary parameters.