University of Delaware - College of Engineering

Axel C. Moore

PhD Candidate
Biomedical Engineering Dept.
University of Delaware

333 Spencer Laboratory
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Cirriculum Vitae

Executive summary

Axel Moore is a second year Biomedical Engineering Graduate Student at the University of Delaware. He studied marine engineering technology at the California Maritime Academy and received his BS in 2012. His research interests are in the area of soft tissue tribology; research activities are aimed at elucidating the structure function relationship of biphasic tissues. The most well-known and studied biphasic material is articular cartilage, the bearing material of anatomical joints. Despite over a century of cartilage research we are still in our infancy of comprehending the complex functional response of this tissue. Osteoarthritis, the disease associated with the degradation of articular cartilage, impacts over 40 million American's and costs the economy more than 60 billion dollars annually. Axel's long term goal is to dramatically reduce both the economic and physical impact of osteoarthritis.

Awards and honors

  • Poster Presentation (Engineering, 1st Place), McNair Graduate Student Fair, 2013, A simple analytical model for biphasic materials
  • Poster Presentation (Gold), STLE Annual Meeting, 2013, A simple analytical model for biphasic materials
  • George W. Laird Merit Fellowship, 2013
  • Force and Motion Scholarship, 2013, Effects of localized damage to articular cartilage


  • An analytical model to predict interstitial lubrication of cartilage in migrating contacts, A.C. Moore, D.L. Burris, online for the Journal of Biomechanics, 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2013.09.020
  • Relating the struture of articular cartilage to function, A.C. Moore,D.L. Burris, accepted for Tribology Lubrication Technology

Research areas

Biomedical Engineering

Soft tissue tribology including cartilage, meniscus, hydrogels; lubrication and load support mechanisms; Osteoarthritis; tissue wear and degeneration, biomaterials engineering and joint replacement

Environmentally Friendly Lubricants

Biodegradable boundary lubricants, chemical composition, tribological properties, byproducts, mechanics of film formation


Cartilage load support and lubrication, relating tissue structure and function, relating deterioration of tissue structure and function, and understanding role in Osteoarthritis.

Design Science

Precision instrument design and programing


Contact and interface mechanics, failure of materials, soft polymer synthesis and biphasic mechanics

Life & Health Sciences

Osteoarthritis; functional consequences of tissue wear and degeneration, early stage OA and treatment, biomaterials engineering and joint replacement