Currently there are three main devices available for shock absorbing in prosthetic legs on the market. Each of these has both benefits and problems associated with them. Our objective in this design project is to analyze the existing three devices and re-design the shock absorbing system.
For this project it will be necessary to come up with design criteria and eventually machine a prototype. Design criteria evaluation will come from our client, with additional input from an intern in the prosthetic department along with a technician who fixes such equipment on a daily basis.
We will take into consideration the dynamic loading involved, the lifetime expectations of the device, size restrictions, modem materials and cost.
It is our ultimate goal to create and design a shock absorber which will surpass those currently available.