ABSTRACT: The geometric similarity and mesh dividing of finite element models directly create an effect on the results of analysis when a theoretical stress analysis is performed by the use of finite element method. The model is routinely established by means of sectioning the specimen. In this paper, a series of plane section CT images of the teeth and mandible, an image analysis system and a specially designed software for modeling three-dimensional finite element were used to establish a three-dimensional finite element model. It is a new preprocessing method for finite element applications in the field of oral biomechanism. The technique is characterized by the advantages of high similarity of the model to specimens and no damage to specimens; it is simple and easy. The images and figures can be repetitively used.
Hua xi yi ke da xue xue bao = Journal of West China University of Medical Sciences = Huaxi yike daxue xuebao / [bian ji zhe, Hua xi yi ke da xue xue bao bian wei hui] 04/1995; 26(1):11-4.