Faculty Advisor

Kohles, Sean S.

Abstract

This project integrated biology and engineering to develop a procedure to quantify the functional performance of commercially sold horseshoe pads. Research resulted in a mathematical viscoelastic model describing deformation behavior. A review of equine anatomy was completed to determine the benefits and biological ramifications of viscoelastic materials on equine forelimbs. Finally, a device and experimental protocol were identified to quantify the deformation of horseshoe pads due to the ground reaction forces experienced by horses during future locomotion studies.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2000

Major

Biotechnology

Major

Biomedical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Biomedical Engineering

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