Project Director

Goulet, Ron

Department Examiner

McDonald, Gary; Cunningham, Jim; Tate, Jeremiah

Department

Dept. of Mechanical Engineering

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Abstract

The lack of formal, engineering based information is prevalent in the prosthetic industry. Currently, very few prosthetic manufacturing companies can definitively tell their patients how long their products will last. Because of this lack of information, many amputee patients will experience failure of their transtibial prosthetic device during daily activities. One such failure occurs from the fatigue of everyday use. Fatigue failures originate from the repeated application of certain loading conditions. These repeated loads usually occur for millions of cycles before a transtibial prosthetic catastrophically fails. The purpose of this study is to develop a testing procedure and apparatus that can more definitively predict the failure of a transtibial prosthetic.

Acknowledgments

Provost Student Research Award, Fillauer, Inc.

Degree

B. S.; An honors thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Bachelor of Science.

Date

5-2014

Subject

Biomedical engineering; Prosthesis

Keyword

Prosthetics; Fatigue; Transtibial prosthesis

Discipline

Biomechanics and Biotransport | Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering

Document Type

Theses

Extent

vi, 46 leaves

Language

English

Rights

Under copyright.

License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

Date Available

5-6-2014

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