Thesis Defense by Tyler Hill on December 5th
Space Studies Master’s student, Tyler Hill, will defend his thesis as follows. Please show your support by attending.
When: Friday, December 5th at 8:30 am (Central time)
Where: Ryan Hall, Room 111
Title: Development of a Prototype Movement Assistance System for Extravehicular Activity Gloves
About the Topic: Spacesuits utilized a rubberized layer of material to contain a pressurized atmosphere to facilitate respiration and maintain the physiologic functions of the astronaut residing within. However, the elasticity of the material makes it resistant to deformation increasing the amount of work required during movement. This becomes particularly fatiguing for the muscle groups controlling the motion of the hands and fingers. To mitigate this a robotic system was proposed and developed. The system built upon previous concepts and prototypes discovered through research efforts. It utilized electric motors to pull the index, ring, and middle fingers of the right hand closed, ideally overcoming the resistive force posed by the elastic material. The effect of the system was determined by comparing qualitative and quantitative data obtained during activities conducted with and without it within a glove box. It was found that the system was able to offload some of this elastic force and provides a solid platform for continued development.
BIO: Tyler is currently a third year Master’s student in the Space Studies department at UND. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA, where he focused on spacecraft design, in-space propulsion systems, orbital mechanics, and spacecraft-environment interactions which provided a strong foundation with which to pursue his desired career path in human spaceflight and, hopefully, the astronaut program. He became interested in space at a very young age and found himself drawn to scientific and engineering aspects of this field of study. “I went into the field of engineering because I was interested in the design and development of space hardware, an interest that led me to conducting my thesis research in spacesuit design at UND”.
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