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Measuring Force with the Gum Sounder

Status Complete
Seeking Researchers No
Start Date 12/15/2011
End Date 06/30/2012
Funding Source Undergraduate Research Grant
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Last Updated 03/25/2012 12:27AM
Keywords gum sounder


  Anthony Paris

Student Researchers
  Andrew Cochrane, Brian Oliver, Elliot Larsen, Thomas Van Thiel


This project will add a second mode of functionality to the previous Gum Sounder project. This project explores several methods of measuring the force applied by the tip of the Gum Sounder tool. These methods are measuring the resonant frequency shift of the piezoelectric crystal as pressure is applied to it, measuring the flexure of the tool through the use of strain gauges, as well as building a cleanable handle in which the tool is fixed about a fulcrum and allowed to deflect against a spring, or
for the fulcrum to magnify the force at the tip against a force sensor built into the handle.

The current goal of the research is to provide information to the user regarding the force applied to the gum tissue as its thickness is being measured. This will allow the user to collect a more accurate thickness of the gum tissue. The implementation of this feature within the device may allow the tool to be used in the dental profession as a replacement of more expensive and risky means of measuring tissue thickness.

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