Faculty Advisor

Savilonis, Brian James


For approximately the last hundred years people have been interested in analyzing human gait. Using many different measurement techniques, researchers have been looking for ways to increase efficiency while minimizing injuries. The intent of this project is to find out how varying human stride length affects the overall quality of the gait. With a three axis force plate designed and fabricated by the group, various data sets were recorded for each individual in the subject pool. Data were recorded for each subject using their natural stride length, followed by both under striding and over striding gaits. Using the data gathered by the force plate along with body geometry and velocities, it was possible to find the optimal stride length for each individual.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2008


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering