Faculty Advisor

McNamara, Karen M.

Faculty Advisor

Sotak, Christopher H.


SALS is a method for acquiring data about the properties of biological tissues. The goals of our MQP were to design a mechanical apparatus to load samples of connective tissue and to use SALS data to characterize the physical properties of connective tissue. Analysis of the data led to the determination of an average fiber diameter of 5 um and 8.5 um for the loaded and unloaded samples, respectively. Microscopic examination was performed to validate the SALS data and to visualize the crimping phenomena.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2001


Biomedical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering

Advisor Department

Biomedical Engineering