Design of a reconfigurable force feedback ankle exoskeleton for physical therapy

Erdoğan, Ahmetcan and Satıcı, Aykut Cihan and Patoğlu, Volkan (2009) Design of a reconfigurable force feedback ankle exoskeleton for physical therapy. In: ASME/IFToMM International Conference on Reconfigurable Mechanisms and Robots (ReMAR), 2009, London, UK

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This paper presents the design and the optimal dimensional synthesis of a reconfigurable, parallel mechanism based, force feedback exoskeleton for the human ankle. The primary use for the device is aimed as a balance/proprioception trainer, while the exoskeleton can also be employed to accommodate range of motion (RoM)/strengthening exercises. Multiple design objectives for several physical therapy exercises are discussed and classified for the design of the rehabilitation device. After kinematic structures of mechanisms that are best suited for the physical therapy applications are selected, an optimization problem to study the trade-offs between multiple design criteria is formulated. Dimensional synthesis is performed to achieve maximum stiffness of the device, while simultaneously maximizing the actuator utilization, using a Pareto-front based framework. An “optimal” design is selected studying the Pareto-front curve and taking the primary and secondary design criteria into account. Once the dimensions of the device are decided, reconfigurability is built into the design such that the device can be arranged as a 3UPS manipulator to administer RoM/strengthing exercises and as a 3RPS manipulator to support balance/proprioception training. Metatarsophalangeal joint exercises are also enabled through a reconfigurable design of the foot plate. Details of the final design of the ankle exoskeleton and CAD snapshots of the device are also presented.
Item Type: Papers in Conference Proceedings
Uncontrolled Keywords: Reconfigurable Mechanisms; Reconfigurable Robots
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences > Academic programs > Mechatronics
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Depositing User: Volkan Patoğlu
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2009 15:00
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2022 08:53

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