A common option for advanced oral cancer patients is a glossectomy, in which the patient's tongue is partially or totally surgically removed. The goal of this project is to create a prosthetic tongue mounted on a retainer to aid in the swallowing process. This uses a series of air channels to create a wavelike motion against the roof of the mouth, which are actuated by air pumps for which we designed a control module to test this mechanism. For validation this project also gathered pressure and displacement data and validated these numbers using finite element analysis in Abaqus.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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