Development of a Soft Robotic Tongue Prosthesis Public
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A common option for advanced oral cancer patients is a glossectomy, in which the patient’s tongue is partially or totally surgically removed. The goal of this project is to create a prosthetic tongue mounted on a retainer to aid in the swallowing process. This uses a series of air channels to create a wavelike motion against the roof of the mouth, which are actuated by air pumps for which we designed a control module to test this mechanism. For validation this project also gathered pressure and displacement data and validated these numbers using finite element analysis in Abaqus.
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