Faculty Advisor

Brown, Christopher A.


The objective of this project is to reduce the incidence of Anterior Crucial Ligament (ACL) injury in skiing by designing, prototyping, and testing a plate between the ski and binding to filter out injurious loads that would otherwise be transmitted to the skier. Ski technology in the past 5 decades has adapted to protect the skier’s foot, ankle, and tibia, the knee and ACL are still susceptible to injury. There are two types of ACL injuries; Boot-Induced Anterior Drawer (BIAD) and phantom foot. Axiomatic Design was used to design a ski binding plate to minimize BIAD ACL injuries. After the design was chosen, calculations, material selection, computer aided design drawings, and finite element analysis were conducted. This project holds importance in both a societal and economic context.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2013


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering