Bite Sleeve Force Measurement

Sponsor:

U.S. Army Research Office

Team Members:

Courtney Oswald

Alexandra Sarsozo

Elena Morgan

Sam Stevick

Project Statement:

Working dogs play an integral role in the day to day operations of both military soldiers and law enforcement officers worldwide. All canine handlers and trainers use protective bite sleeves for engagement and apprehension training. However, the canine bite sleeves on the market today fail to measure the bite force of the working dog. The result is that trainers must rely on years of training experience to subjectively evaluate their canines which may result in ineffective training, canine/handler injury or unsafe environments during operations.  The development of the canine bite force sleeve would help provide an objective measurement tool for trainers to more thoroughly understand canine bite dynamics. The objective of the project is to re-design a commercial bite sleeve by incorporating electronic (or other) pressure sensors within the sleeve that accurately measures, records, and displays bite force data in real time.  Canine bite profile includes overall bite pressure, mapping the bite print and duration of a bite.  This project will collaborate with a Senior Design team in Electrical and Computer Engineering in the following tasks:

  • The textile engineering/technology team will develop a test platform that accurately correlates canine bite pressure within the system, understand the nuances of force/pressure dissipation within the system and incorporate the appropriate sensors into a commercially available sleeve.
  • The electrical engineering team will be tasked with evaluating force sensors that can withstand the impact of a working dog’s bite, as well as accurately record the force of the working dog’s bite. The team will also develop a ruggedized wireless system for data transfer, create a web application that obtains, stores and displays bite profile data from in real time. The ultimate goal allows trainers to view bite profile data via a handheld device in real time.