The overall goal of my work is to gain insight into how tooth shape relates to its function. As a step towards this, I undertook an independent study project to further improve my skills on finite element analysis (FEA) this semester, and to combine this into my Master’s thesis project work. Continuing from the previous independent study course, the tooth model was improved to eliminate singularities and a contact surface model was included to simulate contact stress problems. I believe that these series of problems will be useful to my research. This report contains an overview of some literature that I studied, and a summary of several finite element output plots that I found to be particularly instructive.

Document Type

Final Report

Author's School

McKelvey School of Engineering

Author's Department

Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Class Name

Mechanical Engineering and Material Sciences Independent Study

Date of Submission