Brown, Christopher A.
A ski binding suspension system was developed to avoid inadvertent heel release and reduce anterior cruciate ligament, tibial plateau, and back injuries by absorbing vertical loads and fore-aft torques. Current bindings do not protect against these injuries. Axiomatic design was used to develop a solution by simultaneous decomposition from abstract to detailed functional and physical domains. A plate system was designed to reduce the vertical loads while skiing. The system is supported by nonlinear springs to absorb vibrations between the boot and snow surface. It changes the natural frequency of the system to ease the dynamic loading on the tibia and back. When a load exceeds ordinary skiing loads the system displaces increasing the time the skier has to recover from the injurious loads.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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