On wednesday, January 29th, Anmol Aggarwal successfully defended his master thesis in the Elastomer Technology and Engineering (ETE) group at the University of Twente, entitled: 'Fabrication of Rubber Bands for a Dynamic Arm-Supporting Device'.
"I carried out my master thesis assignment in the Elastomer Technology and Engineering (ETE) group at the University of Twente with the title ‘Fabrication of Rubber Bands for a Dynamic Arm-Supporting Device’. This thesis was in collaboration with Yumen Bionics based in Amsterdam.
The arm-supporting device is used assist arm movements for patients who suffer from a progressive muscular disorder called Duchenne. This device consists of elastomer bands to enhance flexibility during such movements. The goal of the project was to develop rubber bands with better mechanical properties as compared to the presently used bands. Te development of such bands does not only enhance the range of arm movements for the patients but also improves the durability, thus contributing to sustainability.
My experience with my supervisors Dr. Wilma Dierkes and Dr. Wisut Kaewsakul and the rest of the group was amazing. The knowledge in rubber technology that they provide has broadened my horizon in this field. They were also very supportive during the difficult times, professionally and personally. I feel privileged to be part of the group and pleased to contribute to the ETE group in the future as well.