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Solid and Fluid Mechanics

The Division of Solid and Fluid Mechanics (DSFM) participates in the Center's mission by conducting research, participating in device review activities, developing consensus standards both domestic and international, developing regulatory guidance, testing forensic and regulatory samples, and providing educational programs in the area of solid and fluid mechanics. Specifically, the core responsibilities of this division involve issues for which mechanical interactions or transport are of primary concern, such as those involving motion; structural support, stabilization, or vibrations; device and material mechanical integrity; materials durability; and biologically relevant parameters of device and materials. The division has expertise in the areas of fluid dynamics, solid mechanics and materials, acoustics and ultrasonics. DSFM develops measurement methods, instrument calibration capabilities, and analytical procedures to characterize and evaluate devices, device materials, and products, and supports the Center's enforcement and product testing activities. The division staff also evaluates interactions of ultrasound energy with matter and the implications of these interactions on the safety and effectiveness of devices and products.

Technical disciplines of the DSFM staff include mechanical engineering, materials science, biomedical engineering, general engineering, medicine, biology, and physics.