Brown, Christopher A.
The leading causes of death among skiers are uncontrollable falls, which are often caused by a phenomenon called inadvertent release. Using Nam Suh’s Axiomatic Design method, this project focused on developing a torque-displacement system, which could determine the work required to release a ski boot from its binding. Measuring work-to-release identifies bindings’ susceptibility to inadvertent release through assessing its shock absorptive capabilities. However, due to the tested displacement sensors having an unacceptably high uncertainty a work-to-release device was not created. However, an electronic torque to release dynamometer that could be integrated with several identified displacement methods, was designed, manufactured, and tested.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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