The undergraduates in the Mechanical Engineering Department for their senior design class are given a project to spend the semester working on. With Professor Fuller as the advisor and Graduate student advisors, one particular project involved an instrumented surfboard. The purpose of this was to create a Finite Element Model that predicts stresses and strains which a surfboard experiences as it traverses a wave. With the use of specific equipment, the students were able to instrument a surfboard with strain gauges to record strains at a variety of locations on the surfboard. As a result of these tests performed and conclusions drawn, models will be able to predict these properties for new designs and allow designers to determine different characteristics of surfboards without creating the surfboard itself.



One of the group's  geometry of a surfboard that shows how strain is distributed across the board itself based on measurements by the strain gages.