Faculty Advisor

Sullivan, John M


Novice fishermen commonly have difficulties executing a proper cast. Therefore we created a fishing pole which is able to map the motion of the cast, thus enabling problems with the motion to be identified. This was accomplished by means of 14 accelerometers nested in triads to calculate the absolute acceleration vectors at multiple locations on the pole as well as the arm. These sensors were attached at the tip, middle, and butt end of the pole and on the upper arm and forearm of the caster. Using LabView, the accelerations were translated from their local coordinate system to the world coordinate system, and then integrated to track the change in position of each sensor as a function of time. This data is graphed and saved in a spreadsheet file for further analysis.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2007


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering