Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Fred Werner, Professor
James Henderson, Assistant Professor
Biomedical and Chemical Engineering
Arts and Science
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
Sciences and Engineering
Biological Engineering | Biology | Biotechnology
The main objective of this thesis project is to build a shoulder simulator to be able to understand the mechanics of the shoulder, specifically the rotator cuff and deltoid muscles. The shoulder simulator should be able to mimic the important motions of the human shoulder by pulling on tendons of cadaver shoulders and moving the shoulder in various specified motions. In my thesis project, I worked on creating a shoulder simulator that would control the rotator cuff muscles along with the three deltoid muscles. In order to do this, I needed to design and test the shoulder simulator using cadaver shoulders. With the use of a control algorithm which was created prior to my project, the simulator was able to control the cadaver shoulders by pulling on the various tendons. My specific contributions to the project were designing and building the shoulder simulator, dissecting shoulders, testing shoulders in the shoulder simulator and evaluating the shoulder simulator through data analysis.
Kowal, Chelsea Lynn, "Design and Implementation of a Shoulder Simulator" (2012). Honors Capstone Projects - All. 145.
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