Faculty Advisor

Brown, Christopher A.

Abstract

Current adaptive skiing devices fail to provide many of the controls that non-disabled skiers have such as fore-aft movement of CG, edge angle, and vertical articulation of skis. Due to these limitations it can be difficult to satisfy Euler’s equations for stability in 3-D and thereby exit turns cleanly. This project creates an adaptive skiing device that can better replicate normal skiing techniques which may enable better skiing and lessen the strength and balance demands required to operate it. A rigorous, structured innovation process following axiomatic design theory and methods is used to develop viable solutions. From this we have come to a solution that can better replicate a non-disabled skier with independent fore-aft, lateral-medial, vertical, edging, and steering of each ski.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2019

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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