Finite element modelling of heart valve deformation and mitral regurgitation after mitraclip implantation PhD

Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Entry requirements:
3 years
6 years
Reference number:
Start date:
01 October 2018
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
09 March 2018



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Project detail

The mitral valve (MV) is a complex structure regulating forward flow of blood between the left atrium (LA) and left ventricle (LV) of human heart. It has multiple components and complex internal interactions. Multiple disease processes can affect its proper function, for instance, mitral regurgitation (MR). Recently, Mitraclip implantation is widely used as an approach, alternative to conventional open-chest surgery, to treat mitral valve regurgitation in high-risk patients. However, the clip implantation may induce some other problems due to the changed MV biomechanics. So it is important to understand the biomechanical behaviour of MV after mitraclip implantation, such as deformation and stress distribution on the leaflets in MV, for which the research is very limited according to literature. In this project, finite element method will be used to simulate the mechanical deformation and stress distribution of MV. The results will be used for the development of mitraclip.

The candidate will join the vibrant Mechanics of Advanced Materials research group at Loughborough University. Material behaviour of mitral valve leaflets will be collected from literature and used as input for finite element simulations. In addition, fluid-solid interaction will be modelled to evaluate the MR after clip implantation. Simulation results will be compared with in-vitro experimental results in literature. The research outcome will serve as a driving force to boost the development of advanced therapies for heart valve diseases, especially for vulnerable patients such as ageing populations.


Primary supervisor: Liguo Zhao

Secondary supervisor: TBC

Find out more

For further project details email Liguo Zhao or register your interest and ask us a question.

To find out more about the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering, please visit our website.

Further information on the Mechanics and Advanced Materials Loughborough University Research Group can be found here.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering, Biomechanical Engineering, Solid Mechanics, Applied Mathematics, Physics or a related subject. 

A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Mechanical Engineering, Biomechanical Engineering, Solid Mechanics, Applied Mathematics, Physics.

All students must also meet the minimum English Language requirements.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name select Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Please quote reference number: LG2UF2018