College of Engineering (COE)

Date of Last Revision

2021-09-13 15:08:34


Mechanical Engineering

Honors Course

4600 497

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2020



This was a design report for a device that would be used in patellar instability research. The device would be used inside an MRI machine and allow the patient to adjust the angle of their knee to the desired position.

Methods: Solidworks was used in the design process to model and to simulate the strength of the components used. The Solidworks simulation software allowed for a better understanding of the strength of individual components and the strength of the full device. Complexity of operating the device while inside an MRI machine were taken into account by using animations of the moving parts. The complexities of manufacturing were considered by designing parts with ease of manufacturing in mind.

Findings: The device design allows patients to adjust the angles of their knee to the required positions. The results of the strength simulation analysis indicate that some parts needed to be made of brass as opposed to polycarbonate.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Francis Loth

First Reader

Dr. John Elias

Second Reader

Dr. Dane Quinn

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Dane Quinn



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