Faculty Advisor

Cobb, Eben C.

Faculty Advisor

Peura, Robert A.


Many pet owners consider their dog part of the family and are willing to invest in the best medical care. This project addresses the lack of canine rehabilitative devices. A spine orthotic device was designed to restore mobility in a canine with an amputated right hind limb. The amputee center of gravity was found. Material testing determined that fiberglass was the optimal semi-rigid material. Singularity functions characterize the loading, shear, moment and rod deflection. The safety factor ensures the guide-bars will not fail in fatigue.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2006


Biomedical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Biomedical Engineering