Major

Biomedical Engineering - Biomechanics - Cooperative Education

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2019

Abstract

Akron Children’s Hospital and The University of Akron’s Biomedical Engineering Design Team Engineering Forward have paired together to improve medical adapted helmets for post-operative and disabled patients. An issue is the helmets are only produced in a couple of sizes. Also, it is a tedious process to constantly adjust the pressure on the patient’s cranium within a trial-and-error process. Engineering Forward plans to improve the effectiveness of this helmet by creating an adjustable helmet that can read the pressure on a patient’s head. The caregiver can then make the necessary adjustments to the helmet to accommodate the patient. Documents of the design process are compiled into a Design History File, DHF, and a presentation is given to the Biomedical Engineering Faculty at the conclusion of the course. [Redacted] selection and assembly on a [Redacted] was carried out along with manufacturing of [Redacted]. Several [Redacted] methods were explored. Tests were performed to ensure viability of the concept, and the results were obtained. Preliminary results show a valid pressure sensing product. Finalized results show the [Redacted] were able to read variation in pressure on the head and the [Redacted].

Research Sponsor

Dr. Keszenheimer

First Reader

Dr. Saunders

Second Reader

Dr. Willits

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