Carpal forces and the role of ligaments as a tensile constraint

Study level


Master of Philosophy


Vacation research experience scheme

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Associate Professor Devakar Epari
Associate Professor
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty

External supervisors

  • Dr Chris Jeffery, Field Orthopaedics
  • Shanthan Pather, Field Orthopaedics
  • Greg Couzens, OrthopaedicSurgeon


The hand is an important but complex anatomical structure. With the carpus being made from seven articulating bones stabilized by numerous ligaments. Damage to these structures can lead to impaired function and progression into severe arthritis.

This projects aims to understand the role and loads that are undertaken by these important structures and in doing so realize the essential information for better ligament repair.

Research activities

This project will replicate some of the initial experiments undertaken in orthopedic ligament research however with surgical models prepared in keeping with conventional understanding of carpal injuries

Students depending upon skill level with either independently or in an experienced team;

  • undertake human dissection,
  • create anatomical-mechanical force models,
  • complete Instron force testing,
  • assess results,
  • draft journal papers and submit for publication


This project will quantify and report on the role and tensile properties of the main carpal ligaments and will document the effects of injuries to these structures.

Skills and experience

This project is well suited to students with a background in mechanical and medical engineering and interest in orthopedics and biomechanics.



Please contact Dr Devakar Epari at or 3138 9963.