Faculty Advisor

Liu, Yuxiang

Faculty Advisor

Savilonis, Brian James

Abstract

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.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2016

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Biomedical Engineering

Major

Interdisciplinary

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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