Savilonis, Brian James
Lola is a sea turtle missing one of her front flippers, causing her to swim improperly and hence unable to survive alone. This project initiated the development of a prosthetic to imitate Lola’s healthy flipper to help her swim more effectively. Flipper blades of various shapes were designed using CAD, fabricated with a 3D printing and molding process, and tested in a wind tunnel. An attachment mechanism was designed with consideration of fitting Lola’s residual limb. Shoulder loadings that Lola can apply were analyzed and compared with the required force for swimming in water. This work paves the way for the development of a biomimetic flipper to help amputated turtles across the world swim with better efficiency and fewer injuries.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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