Variable Speed Treadmill for Studying Neonatal Rats

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Sponsors Idaho State University
Team Name Rat Pack
Duration Fall 2018 - Spring 2019
Faculty Adviser Dev Shrestha
Mentor Jacob Miller
Clients
  • Michele Brumley/ Idaho State University
  • Nathen Schiele/ University of Idaho
Team Members
  • Colin Burkhalter, ME
  • Mitchell Williams, ME
  • Stephen Schoonen, BE
  • Stuart Sater, BE

The goal of the project is to design, build, and evaluate a variable speed and variable incline treadmill for exploring the impact of locomotor activity on the development of motor control and musculoskeletal tissues.

Problem Definition[edit]

Background[edit]

Our treadmill will make research much easier for the lab technicians at ISU. Our robust and simple to control design will allow for less downtime and headache when testing the effects that early locomotion have on the animal's tissues. This advancement could help the researchers expand our knowledge of biological tissues and their formation/growth, as well as psychological changes in animal models.

Specifications[edit]

The client has listed the project requirements in order of priority. It is anticipated that all of the following requirements will be met.

HIGHER Priority

  • Belt size: ~12 cm width x 20 cm length
  • Belt material that could be wiped off and cleaned, will not tear easily, and possibly be replaceable
  • Variable speed control ranging from 0.5 cm/s to 15 cm/s
  • User friendly interface for speed control – preferably developed in an open-source software program or via microprocessor
  • Treadmill will be operated in temperatures from 25 to 35 degrees Celsius
  • Removable transparent walls and bumpers

MEDIUM Priority

  • Variable ramp/incline angle from 0 to 15 degrees.

LOWER Priority

  • Automatic timer
  • Safety features including emergency stop button
  • Transparent belt and housing for video gait analysis (video camera mounted below the belt)

Design Considerations[edit]

Project Learning[edit]

Final Design[edit]

Validation[edit]

Team Members[edit]

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Major: Biological Engineering
Hometown: Sandpoint, ID
Graduation Date: 12/15/19
Future Goals: Become an expert on the effects of spaceflight on vision
Email: sate9564@vandals.uidaho.edu


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Additional Documentation[edit]

Project Schedule

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