Brittany Coats

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  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Bioengineering
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Ophthalmology & Visual Science
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Research

Research Summary

We utilize principals and tools of mechanical engineering to understand the biomechanics and develop injury tolerances for head and eye injury. We specialize in material property testing of biological tissues, finite element analysis, and designing experiments to identify levels of injury in the head and eye. We are also very interested in structural and biomechanical changes with early development.

Research Keywords

  • Vitreoretinal Disease, Interest Level: 5
  • Vision, Interest Level: 5
  • Traumatic Brain or Head Injury, Interest Level: 5
  • Trauma, Interest Level: 5
  • Retina, Interest Level: 5
  • Pediatrics, Interest Level: 5
  • Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury, Interest Level: 5
  • Ocular Trauma, Interest Level: 5
  • Materials Testing, Interest Level: 5
  • Injury in Children, Interest Level: 5
  • Finite Element Analysis, Interest Level: 5
  • Eye Injuries, Interest Level: 5
  • Disorders of the Optic Nerve, Interest Level: 5
  • Child Abuse or Neglect, Interest Level: 5
  • Brain Injury, Interest Level: 5
  • Biomechanics, Interest Level: 5

Research Groups

  • Robert Metcalf, Undergraduate Student. Mechanical Engineering. 09/01/2016 - 05/15/2017.

Research Equipment and Testing Expertise

  • 1 kN single column commercial testing frame (Instron model 5943) fitted with 5 N load cell. Delicate tension, compression, peel testing, multiple rates available. Contact: Brittany Coats , 5-0586 , 2120 MEB.
  • 15' blast shock wave tube.
  • AR-G2 Rheometer (TA Instruments) for dynamic shear, creep, or compression testing. Contact: Brittany Coats , 5-0586 , 2120 MEB.
  • Bioptigen Optical Coherence Tomography.
  • Finite Element Analysis Software: Abaqus, Patran, Hypermesh. Contact: Brittany Coats , 5-0586 , 2120 MEB.
  • high rate accelerometers, pressure transducers.