Design of a multi-axis force transducer with applications in track and field
Author(s)Traina, Zachary J
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.
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The objective of this thesis is the design and implementation of a multi-axis force transducer to be integrated into a set of track and field starting blocks. The feedback from this transducer can be used by athletes and coaches to analyze race starts, with the intention of maximizing the runner's speed and power while decreasing wasted side loads and torques. This thesis describes the design of the transducer itself and the supporting infrastructure that connects it to an existing pair of track starting blocks. The transducer is tested in several field trials and generates a measurable voltage output that varies linearly with applied load and loading position. Data collected from the field trials is further analyzed to give insight into the starting mechanics of a collegiate sprinter.
Thesis (S.B.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, 2005.Includes bibliographical references (leaf 54).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology