Faculty Advisor

Onal, Cagdas Denizel

Faculty Advisor

Troy, Karen

Abstract

Foot ulcers are common among patients with diabetic neuropathy due to uneven forces applied to the feet over time. Monitoring these forces, especially shear forces, is essential for properly treating diabetic foot ulcers and avoiding costly surgery. Unfortunately, current technologies do not offer an affordable, compact device that measures both normal and shear forces. Therefore, care for diabetic ulcers still fails to avoid infection and amputation of the foot. To address this need, a novel device to affordably measure normal and shear forces was created. This device uses magnets and Hall-effect sensors to relate the displacement of a magnetic field to the forces applied in three dimensions.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2017

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Biomedical Engineering

Major

Robotics Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Biomedical Engineering

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