Faculty Advisor

Rolle, Marsha W.

Faculty Advisor

Troy, Karen


As female Soldiers become more prevalent in the U.S. military, it is becoming increasingly important to address the physical differences that may limit their performance in the field. The purpose of this project was to design a female specific hip belt for the MOLLE system that complies with the U.S. Army standards to effectively distribute the load on the body while allowing the Soldier to complete all necessary tasks. The team developed a new hip belt making various modifications to increase the comfort and ease of adjustability. To validate the design, various tests were performed, including an obstacle course and pressure film testing. The results showed that the modified hip belt was an improvement from the current model in comfort and even weight distribution across the hips.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2014


Biomedical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Biomedical Engineering

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