Design and Analysis of a Treadmill for Older Adults

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Unformatted text preview: Project Number: ME-ECC-001/BME-RAP-001 DESIGN AND ANALYSIS OF A TREADMILL FOR OLDER ADULTS A Major Qualifying Project Report Submitted to the Faculty of WORCESTER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering By: ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ Paul Ferreira Gregory Salvati Courtney Titone ____________________ ____________________ Joseph Labenski Brianne ONeill Date: January 8, 2007 Approved: _________________________________ Professor Eben C. Cobb, Co-Advisor _________________________________ Professor Robert A. Peura, Co-Advisor Keywords: 1. Treadmill 2. Elderly 3. Exercise ii Abstract The goal of this project was to design, construct, and test a prototype treadmill that is suitable for users of advanced age. An existing treadmill was selected for modification, and the final design involved a modified walking surface, an adjustable hand rail system, a harness system, and a new user interface. The prototype was constructed and a series of tests and analyses were run to ensure functionality and suitability for an elderly user. iii Table of Contents Abstract...........................................................................................................................................ii List of Figures................................................................................................................................. v List of Tables ................................................................................................................................. vi 1. Introduction................................................................................................................................. 1 2. Background Research ................................................................................................................. 2 2.1 Surveying.............................................................................................................................. 2 2.2 Choosing the Type of Exercise Device................................................................................. 6 2.2.1 Elliptical......................................................................................................................... 6 2.2.2 Stationary Bike............................................................................................................... 7 2.2.3 Treadmill........................................................................................................................ 8 2.2.4 The Chosen Device........................................................................................................ 9 2.3 Consultation with Physical Therapists................................................................................ 10 2.4 Design for the Elderly......................................................................................................... 11 2....
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