Faculty Advisor

Fofana, Mustapha S

Abstract

The purpose of this project is to understand spine dynamics with respect to the manufacturing activities of pushing, pulling and carrying. Extensive background research was conducted to obtain information about spine physiology, dynamics and stability. Stability indices were created with data from Yale University. An inverted pendulum is used as a spine model, with springs and dampers representing flexors and extensors. This model is used to determine if the spine is dynamically stable when experiencing forces from the three activities.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2006

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Manufacturing Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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