Faculty Advisor

Savilonis, Brian James

Abstract

The goal of this project was to reduce the likelihood of concussions for ice hockey players by designing a neck support utilizing shear-thickening fluids. A testing mechanism was created to simulate concussion causing impacts while measuring accelerations. It was found that the use of a shear-thickening non-Newtonian fluid reduced the likelihood of a concussion. To support our findings, we computed and compared standard injury indices to evaluate if our goal was met.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2015

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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