Faculty Advisor

Savilonis, Brian James

Abstract

Vertical movement of the center of mass is wasted energy when walking. To evaluate this hypothesis a force plate and mathematical model were initially constructed. However due to manufacturing complications they were eliminated from the experimentation. Therefore, using only video capture and accelerometers we compared the subject's kinetic energy to their potential energy during both a normal and race walking gait to determine a subject's efficiency while walking. Upon comparing the two walking styles it has been determined that normal walking is more efficient then race walking.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2007

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Biomedical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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