Duncan Bakke


ME student

Contact details

Uniservices House
70 Symonds St, Level

Phone: ext 87123
Email: dbak576@aucklanduni.ac.nz


Duncan Bakke will graduate in May of 2017 with a Bachelor of Engineering with First Class Honours specialising in Biomedical Engineering. He is working toward a Masters of Engineering in Bioengineering at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute, scheduled for completion in early 2018.


Population modelling of the hip joint for virtual testing of total hip replacements

Successful designs of total hip replacement are robust to patient and surgery-related variability, but orthopaedic companies have no reliable method to assess the robustness of new implant designs except through clinical trial. Computational modelling has tremendous potential to improve implant design and development, via the ‘virtual clinical trial’. The aim of this research is to generate a population of muscle and joint contact forces for the hip joint that can be used as input to a finite element model to assess implant performance. This population will be used to determine the influence of altering the hip joint centre location on the muscle’s capacity to produce force and moments at the hip joint.


Associate Professor Thor Besier

Research group/project

Musculoskeletal Modelling