Faculty Advisor

Albrecht, Dirk

Faculty Advisor

Radhakrishnan, Pradeep

Abstract

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.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

2020-05-18

Major

Biomedical Engineering

Major

Interdisciplinary

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Biomedical Engineering

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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