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Dr. Ciaran Simms

Associate Professor (Mechanical & Manuf. Eng)

Ciaran Simms, BA, BAI, PhD, FTCD, MIEI is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in Trinity College, Dublin. He is also a Principal Investigator in the Centre for Bioengineering in Trinity College, Dublin. Prior to working in TCD he held research engineer positions with TNO Automotive in Delft and Detroit and with Denis Wood Associates in Dublin.
  Bioengineering   Biomechanics of human movement   Biomechanics, Biomedical Engineering   Road Transport Technology   Transport   Transport Technology, Engineering
 Safer Vehicle Restraint Systems (SAVERS)
 Development of a swivel seat
 Experimental and Numerical Characterisation of Low-Cost Roadside Barrier Solutions
 Human muscle properties in compression
 Development of a Walking Aid for children with Cerebral Palsy

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I am the Soft Tissue Mechanics of the Elsevier Journal of the Mechanical Behaviour of Biomedical Materials 2008-
I am Vice President of the International Research Council on the Biomechanics of Injury 2012-
I am a founding member of the Irish Seating and Mobility Interest Group 2008-
I am a Board Member of the Voluntary Clinical Registration Board 2008-
I was the College academic representative on the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland Framework Implementation Network. 2007-2009
I am the industrial liaison officer for the mechanical engineering undergraduate degree program. 2005-
I am the Sschool of Engineering Liaison Officer for the Engineers Ireland Engineer's Week event. 2005-
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Ordinary member of Engineers Ireland
Member of the European Society of Biomechanics 2004-
Member of the International Research Council on Biomechanics of Injury 2009-
Kiernan D, Malone A, O'Brien T, Simms CK, The clinical impact of hip joint centre regression equation error on kinematics and kinetics during paediatric gait., Gait & posture, 41, (1), 2015, p175-9 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Cooney,Gerard Michael., Moerman,Kevin M., Takaza,Michael , Winter,Desmond Colm, Simms,C. K. , Uniaxial and biaxial mechanical properties of porcine linea alba, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 41, 2015, p68-82 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Lyons M, Winter D, Mohan H, Simms CK, "Method in the Mesh? A Biomechanical Abdominal Wall Model Applied to Hernia Repair", British Journal of Surgery, 2015, Journal Article, IN_PRESS
Giuseppina Amato , Fionn O'Brien , Bidisha Ghosh , Ciaran Simms, Gabions: evaluation of potential as low-cost roadside barriers, International Journal of Crashworthiness, 20, (1), 2015, p12-26 , Notes: [ ], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Kiernan D, Walsh M, O'Sullivan R, O'Brien T, Simms CK,, The Influence of Estimated Body Segment Parameters on Predicted Joint Kinetics during Diplegic Cerebral Palsy Gait, Journal of Biomechanics, 47, (1), 2014, p284-288 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Kiernan, D. Malone, A. O'Brien, T. Simms, C. K., "A 3-Dimensional Rigid Cluster Thorax Model for Kinematic Measurements during Gait", Journal of Biomechanics, 47, (6), 2014, p1499-505. , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Lyons M, Winter D, Simms CK, Mechanical characterisation of porcine rectus sheath under uniaxial and biaxial tension, Journal of Biomechanics, 7, (8), 2014, p1876-84 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Preston R, Amato, G, Lyons M, Simms CK, A Static test method to assess swivel seat strength in frontal impact, International Journal of Crashworthiness, 19, (5), 2014, p469-483 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Takaza M, Cooney GM, McManus G, Stafford P, Simms CK, Assessing the microstructural response to applied deformation in porcine passive skeletal muscle., Journal of the mechanical behavior of biomedical materials, 40, 2014, p115-26 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Amato G, O'Brien F, Ghosh B, Williams, G, Simms CK, Multibody modelling of gabion beams for impact applications, Journal of Crashworthiness, 18, (3), 2013, 237-250 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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Simms CK , Buddy system: university/industry linkup delivers innovative product development, The Engineers Journal (Journal of Engineers Ireland), 65, (6), 2012, p359 - 360, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Ciaran Simms, Gareth J. Bennett, Garret O'Donnell, Eamonn McKnight, Ali McCorkell, Development of a gait training device for children with cerebral palsy, TCD-UCD Engineering Design Innovation Research Event, Trinity College Dublin, Foster Place, Dublin 2, April 27 2010, edited by Prof. Brian Broderick, Prof. Michael Gilchrist , 2010, Poster, PUBLISHED
The Three Dimensional Mechanical Properties of Skeletal Muscle: Experiments and Modelling in, editor(s)Prendergast & McHugh , Topics in Bio-Mechanical Engineering, Dublin, Trinity College, 2004, pp216 - 234, [Van Loocke M, Lyons CG & Simms CK], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED


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Engineers Ireland Education Excellence Award for MSc in Bioengineering Nov 2012
InterTradeIreland Bbest Project Award for Buddy Roamer Walking Aid 2011
Nominated for Irish Times Innovation Award 2011
Fellowship of Trinity College Dublin 2010
Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland - best conference paper Jan 2003
Queen's Silver Jubilee Project Prize 1995
Collen Project Prize 1995
My main research interests are in injury biomechanics and crash safety and device design, and I have published the only textbook on pedestrian and cyclist impact mechanics together with Dr. Denis Wood. I have also published about 40 papers in international journals on topics varying from studies of the mechanics of passive muscle tissue in compression and tension, the influence of vehicle design on human injury, forensic Biomechanics, studies on the safety of wheelchair users in transportation, the development of roadside safety barriers from natural building materials and the development of walking aids for children with physical disabilities. My principal area of interest lies in human body modeling for crash analysis and in biomechanics and device designfor better and safer human interaction with the environment. This began with experimental models of the neck and jaw for my PhD thesis and has progressed to Finite Element and Multi-Body modeling through my work with the Dutch Research Corporation TNO in Delft, The Netherlands and Detroit, USA. The drive now is to create global human body models suitable for virtual crash testing, a field becoming more and more important as the biofidelity of crash test dummies becomes an increasing limitation. In addition, advances in forensic engineering have aided estimation of vehicle speed from crash data (tyre marks, residual crush, pedestrian throw distances). The application of Newtonian mechanics to the statistical data available from police reports allows Monte Carlo simulations to determine the distribution of pedestrian throw distances and energy sharing between vehicles. This was the main thrust of my research while employed with Denis Wood Associates Forensic Engineering Company. In the last 10 years as a researcher at Trinity College Dublin, a major focus has been on characterizing on modeling the mechanical behavior of passive skeletal muscle tissue as this is a crucial tissue in the fields of impact biomechanics, rehabilitation engineering and surgical simulation. My research group has published a number of well cited papers in this field and continues to focus on this topic. In the last three years, I have become active in medical device design. In collaboration with the Northern Ireland-based company moorings Mediquip, I have developed an award-winning Novel walking aid for children with physical disabilities. I am now actively engaged with another company in developing crash resistant swivel seats for easy access to vehicles. I also have two PhD students focusing on developing wound closure devices for laparoscopic surgery, with a focus on devices suitable for obese patients. I am also collaborating with Dr. Bidisha Ghosh in Civil Engineering in Trinity College Dublin on a project funded by the National Roads Authority of Ireland to develop low-cost roadside barriers from natural building materials.