Mr Adam Kelly


Name Adam Kelly

Adam joined the Bioengineering Technology Centre research group in September 2016 as an MEng student studying the bone-cement interface created following the kyphoplasty surgical technique. Adam recently completed an Honours Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering in the Institute of Technology, Tallaght, in which he achieved a first class honours. Adam began his academic career in September 2012 as a full-time student in the Bioengineering Technology Centre and throughout his studies became interested in the field of bioengineering, electing to write his final year thesis on design of a motorised 3D printed prosthetic hand.  Adam recently completed the Certificate in Medical Sciences (CMedSci) in the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin.

Adam is funded by Institutes of Technology Ireland (IOTI) under the Postgraduate Scholarship Initiative.

Project Summary

A vertebral compression fracture (VCF) is a fracture in the vertebra which includes a partial collapse of the affected vertebral body. VCFs tend to occur in the thoracolumbar portion of the spinal column, usually in the lower section of the thoracic and upper section of the lumbar portions.

Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a balloon to inflate the compressed vertebral body. This procedure helps to restore some of the lost height of the compressed vertebral body before bone cement is injected into the cavity created by the inflation of the balloon.

One issue with Kyphoplasty that has been highlighted is the bone-cement interface created by the inflation of the balloon. This research will investigate this bone-cement interface and investigate how the surgical technique could be optimised to improve patient outcomes. Testing methods are focused around mechanical loading of cylindrical specimens with the Servohydraulic load-frame in the engineering lab in the Bioengineering Technology Centre and finite element analysis (FEA). Both processes will allow for investigation of mechanical properties at the bone-cement interface before and after optimisation methods have been implemented.


[1] Adam Kelly, Stephen Tiernan, Fiona McEvoy, Seamus Morris. Optimisation of the Kyphoplasty Cement Augmentation Surgical Technique. Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of Bioengineering in Ireland, Jan 20th-21st 2017, Hilton Templepatrick, Northern Ireland

  • European Union Structural Funds
  • Synergy Centre at ITTEngineering Dublin
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