Faculty Advisor

Hoffman, Allen H.

Faculty Advisor

Shivkumar, Satya

Center

Tufts New England Veterinary Medical Center

Abstract

A horse leg orthosis employing a restrainer band is designed to prevent metacarpo-phalangeal joint (MCPJ) hyperextension of horse forelimb. Current band design by Manta Design Inc. produces inconsistent tensions and inadequately protects the forelimb. The goal was to improve the restrainer band design using a static analysis at MCPJ. Band length, cross-sectional area and stiffness effects were studied to meet the tension specifications from the static analysis. The improved restrainer band achieves an 8.4% MCPJ moment reduction at maximum extension.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2012

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Project Center

Tufts New England Veterinary Medical Center

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