Document Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2012

Capstone Advisor

Fred Werner, Professor

Honors Reader

James Henderson, Assistant Professor

Capstone Major

Biomedical and Chemical Engineering

Capstone College

Arts and Science

Audio/Visual Component

no

Capstone Prize Winner

no

Won Capstone Funding

yes

Honors Categories

Sciences and Engineering

Subject Categories

Biological Engineering | Biology | Biotechnology

Abstract

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.

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