Verification, validation and sensitivity studies in computational biomechanics

Andrew E. Anderson, Benjamin J. Ellis, Jeffrey A. Weiss
2007 Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering  
Computational techniques and software for the analysis of problems in mechanics have naturally moved from their origins in the traditional engineering disciplines to the study of cell, tissue and organ biomechanics. Increasingly complex models have been developed to describe and predict the mechanical behavior of such biological systems. While the availability of advanced computational tools has led to exciting research advances in the field, the utility of these models is often the subject of
more » ... riticism due to inadequate model verification and validation (V&V). The objective of this review is to present the concepts of verification, validation and sensitivity studies with regard to the construction, analysis and interpretation of models in computational biomechanics. Specific examples from the field are discussed. It is hoped that this review will serve as a guide to the use of V&V principles in the field of computational biomechanics, thereby improving the peer acceptance of studies that use computational modeling techniques.
doi:10.1080/10255840601160484 pmid:17558646 pmcid:PMC3361760 fatcat:i266qvd2obh3zav5nyr7wlzmwe