This study aimed to identify the most difficult aspect of wearing a prosthetic device by conducting a survey. The survey was targeted to amputees who frequent online support groups and social forums for amputees. Analysis of the data showed that the most concerning aspect of wearing a prosthesis is the development of skin conditions, ranging from redness, swelling, blisters and foul smell, to fungal infections, open sores and tum or cysts. An engineering solution was proposed to eliminate this problem. The solution focused on improving the material of the liner using chemical modifications to increase the atomic bond strength.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Interactive Qualifying Project