We are designing twisted coiled polymer actuators to mimic the mechanics of human skeletal muscle. To control these artificial muscles we are using resistive heating and the thermoelectric effect to control their temperature and thus mechanics. We are also using the resistance and impedance of the internal wires to determine the state of the muscles. If you have experience with electrical instrumentation and want a chance to apply your knowledge towards medical devices this is a good opportunity.
OUR Certified Mentor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Volunteer; Prepare a UROP proposal; Write an Honors Thesis or Senior Thesis; Earn independent study credit
Design, modeling, and control of an electronically controlled thermomechanical system. Publication writing, proofing, reviewing, and running experiments
Publications on your resume. Training in a growing and competitive field, artificial muscles for medical devices. Pay if you get UROP. Attending conferences.
Duration 1-2 semesters. Hours a week: 8 min if paid by UROP; 4 hours if volunteer
Skilled in circuit design, instrumentation, programming (Arduino & Matlab), and a good understanding of basic physics and math.