Faculty Advisor

Brown, Christopher A.

Faculty Advisor

Gaudette, Glenn R.

Abstract

The objective of this project is to design and prototype a load mitigation device integrated into an athletic shoe that will reduce the occurrence of ACL injuries. A prototype design was realized using Axiomatic design principles. A mold for the prototype was modeled in SolidWorks then created using CNC machining. The prototype was tested using a force plate analyzed using Netforce software for data acquisition and Bioanalysis software for gait, balance and power; and with a uniaxial tensile test on an Instron machine. Through testing the prototype exhibited characteristics that would reduce the occurrence of ACL injuries.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2012

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Biomedical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Biomedical Engineering

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