PhD defense C.K. (Chen-Ket) Chai, MSc.

28 January
16:00 - 18:00
Aud 4

Chen-Ket Chai will defend his PhD thesis entitled 'Biomechanical properties of atherosclerotic plaques'


One of the major causes of heart attacks and strokes is the rupture of an atherosclerotic plaque in an artery. For diagnosis and appropriate treatment, it is crucial to predict plaque rupture reliably. Current prediction methods focus on general morphological parameters, which are not directly connected to the actual cause of plaque rupture. From a mechanical point of view, rupture occurs when mechanical stresses in the plaque exceed its strength. Therefore, stress analysis may improve current plaque rupture prediction. A stress analysis in plaques requires computer models. The aim of this dissertation is to improve plaque modelling by providing biomechanical data.