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Digital image correlation used to obtain displacement fields at the cartilage-cartilage interface
August 15, 2022

NSF award to Henak to investigate mechanisms of soft tissue interactions

Written By: Caitlin Scott



Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Corinne Henak recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for her project ‘Experimental and computational investigation of mechanisms governing soft tissue interactions.’ This grant builds off of student Katie Kern’s Faustin Prinz experimental research!

Corinne Henak ME
Corinne Henak

The project will identify the mechanisms that govern mechanical behavior at soft tissue interface, such as at the interface between muscle and tendon. These also occur in surgical and healing contexts, such as in focal cartilage repair. The insights grained from this research can be used to improve surgical repair of soft tissue damage and can be used to design bio-inspired soft robotics. Results will be integrated into K12, undergraduate, graduate, and broader public education. The project period is August 2022 – July 2025 and the total award amount is $411,739.

Watch Prof. Henak’s ME faculty video profile (below) to learn more about her work.

Professor Corinne Henak, Mechanical Engineering, UW–Madison