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Emir Benca
Emir Benca, PhDLab Director

Department of Orthopedics and Trauma-Surgery (Division of Orthopedics)
Position: Research Associate (Postdoc)

ORCID: 0000-0002-9029-7172
T +43 1 40400 40980

Further Information


Ankle Joint; Biomechanical Phenomena; Biomedical Engineering; Bone and Bones; Compressive Strength; Finite Element Analysis; Foot Orthoses; Fractures, Stress; Hip Joint; Materials Testing; Orthopedic Fixation Devices; Orthopedics; Spine; Traumatology

Research group(s)

  • Adolf Lorenz Lab for Biomechanics
    Research Area: The primary goal of the lab as an integral part of the Medical University of Vienna is the study of the musculoskeletal diseases and injuries, their rapid and accurate diagnosis and optimal treatment.

Research interests

My main field of interests are biomechanics of bone and joint. Working at the Adolf Lorenz Lab for Biomechanics I have conducted multiple studies on pelvis, hip, foot and ankle. Currently I am working on fracture risk prediction in human femora with metastatic lesions using finite element analysis.

Techniques, methods & infrastructure

  • Mechanical stress tests (MTS Bionix & MTS MiniBionix)
  • 3D Motion Tracking System
  • Kinematics/dynamics measurments
  • In vitro joint and tissue simulation
  • Implant testing
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Finite element anaysis
  • Anatomic specimen preparation

Selected publications

  1. Benca, E. et al., 2020. Analysis of Running-Related Injuries: The Vienna Study. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 9(2), p.438. Available at:
  2. Benca, E. et al., 2019. QCT-based finite element prediction of pathologic fractures in proximal femora with metastatic lesions. Scientific Reports, 9(1). Available at:
  3. Benca, E. et al., 2019. Biomechanical evaluation of different ankle orthoses in a simulated lateral ankle sprain in two different modes. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports. Available at:
  4. Benca, E. et al., 2018. Biomechanical evaluation of two methods of fixation of a flexor hallucis longus tendon graft. The Bone & Joint Journal, 100-B(9), pp.1175–1181. Available at:
  5. Benca, E. et al., 2017. Effect of simulated metastatic lesions on the biomechanical behavior of the proximal femur. Journal of Orthopaedic Research, 35(11), pp.2407–2414. Available at: