Artificial Muscle (Finite Element Analysis) and Material Testing

Faculty Name:
Nicholas Witham

Department:
Bioengineering

Faculty College:
Engineering

Email:
nicholas.witham@utah.edu


Project Description:

Twisted coiled polymer actuators (TCPAs) are an emergent type of thermomotive artificial muscle that have biomechanically surpassed human skeletal muscles (HSM). We want to use documented material properties to computationally model their thermomechanical response. We will then use this knowledge to optimize the control schema for our ideal actuator.



Opportunity Type:

Prepare a UROP proposal; Write an Honors Thesis or Senior Thesis; Earn independent study credit; Volunteer; This is a work-study research position


Student Role:

Finite Element Analyst


Student Benefits:

Possible publication authorship, conference attendance, and patent ownership


Project Duration:

Duration: Fall 2022, hours per week 8


Minimum Requirements:

Skilled in: Matlab, Solidworks, Finite Element Analysis Materials science: Thermal, Electrical, and Mechanical