External Skeletal Fixation Pin Optimization for Small Animal Mandibular Fractures Team Members: Tyler Blevins, Casey Costa, Hunter Dodge, Derek Jones, Brian Lubnow, Katie Miller Advisor: Dr. Otto Lanz, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences The goal of this project is to optimize external skeletal fixation methods for small animal mandibular fractures. This information can be used to help veterinarians determine the ideal fixation parameters for application in fracture repair. Project Image Here Key Features: • • Team Photo Here Understanding external skeletal fixation material properties to aid in the treatment of mandibular gap fractures. Currently, the effect of pin diameter on construct strength is unknown, but smaller pin diameters are necessary for less invasive surgeries. Deliverables: • • • Produce statistically significant mechanical properties for the external skeletal fixation construct. Develop a finite element model in ANSYS for validation of physical testing and further investigation of additional untested parameters. Design a new base for the four point bending apparatus.