Title

Increasing the Comfort of Scoliosis Braces

School Name

Center for Advanced Technical Studies

Grade Level

11th Grade

Presentation Topic

Engineering

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Abstract

The purpose of this experiment is to increase the comfort of scoliosis braces. In scoliosis braces, sweat accumulates around the waist of the user, and it creates discomfort for the user. The sweat absorbency of 3 materials placed inside of a brace will be compared. The 3 materials are cotton, linen, and Silipos gel pads. One 4-inch square of the material will be placed on both sides of the waist of a mannequin. Before using the material, it will be weighed. On the mannequin, artificial perspiration will be placed on the waist area, the material will be placed on top of the artificial perspiration, and the mannequin will be placed in a room with a humidifier turned on. This will be so that the mannequin can simulate real-life conditions as accurately as possible. The humidifier will release steam in the room for approximately 8 hours. After the 8 hours are complete, the weight of the material will be taken once again. The difference in the weights before and after the period of 8 hours will determine how much sweat was absorbed. The prediction is that the Silipos gel pads will absorb the most sweat because they are medically produced for the purpose of relieving any discomfort or pain.

Location

Founders Hall 222 B

Start Date

3-30-2019 10:00 AM

Presentation Format

Oral Only

Group Project

No

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Mar 30th, 10:00 AM

Increasing the Comfort of Scoliosis Braces

Founders Hall 222 B

The purpose of this experiment is to increase the comfort of scoliosis braces. In scoliosis braces, sweat accumulates around the waist of the user, and it creates discomfort for the user. The sweat absorbency of 3 materials placed inside of a brace will be compared. The 3 materials are cotton, linen, and Silipos gel pads. One 4-inch square of the material will be placed on both sides of the waist of a mannequin. Before using the material, it will be weighed. On the mannequin, artificial perspiration will be placed on the waist area, the material will be placed on top of the artificial perspiration, and the mannequin will be placed in a room with a humidifier turned on. This will be so that the mannequin can simulate real-life conditions as accurately as possible. The humidifier will release steam in the room for approximately 8 hours. After the 8 hours are complete, the weight of the material will be taken once again. The difference in the weights before and after the period of 8 hours will determine how much sweat was absorbed. The prediction is that the Silipos gel pads will absorb the most sweat because they are medically produced for the purpose of relieving any discomfort or pain.