Faculty Advisor

Gielo-Perczak, Krystyna

Faculty Advisor

Higgins, Lorraine D.

Faculty Advisor

Hoffman, Allen H.

Abstract

After an amputation, a patient's prosthesis must be aligned with their body using an alignment adaptor. Current adaptors have two primary limitations: 1) the inability to adjust the vertical height during alignment, and 2) the inability to quantify the adjustments. Therefore, a new prototype adaptor was designed and manufactured that allows for adjustments in all six degrees of freedom, including height. In addition, a novel pin design allows for quantification of the alignment. The prototype was validated with prosthetist feedback and finite element analysis. A protocol for patient testing received IRB approval and is scheduled for the near future. Through a general cost analysis, it was estimated that the benefits of the device would save $25,000 in its ten-year lifetime.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2011

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Biomedical Engineering

Major

Professional Writing

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Biomedical Engineering

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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