Faculty Advisor

Savilonis, Brian James

Abstract

This project developed a novel load carriage system with a suspension and pivoting hip belt for backpackers. The design was validated with a controlled study of 5 male subjects. Quantitative and qualitative results were gathered to compare the experimental backpack to a commercial backpack. The design did not meet the performance specifications for reducing oscillating load, ground reaction forces, and compression and shear at the lumbosacral joint. However, it met the specification for reducing fatigue, showing a 6% VO2max ± 4% decrease. It also induced the desired amount of forward lean, 12-30 degrees. Overall, this project was a proof of concept of a small form factor oscillating load backpack that, with improvements to the suspension, could achieve even greater functionality.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2017

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Biomedical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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