PROPULSION SYSTEM WITH PNEUMATIC ARTIFICIAL MUSCLES FOR POWERING ANKLE-FOOT ORTHOSIS

Ivanka Veneva, Bram Vanderborght, Dirk Lefeber, Pierre Cherelle
2013 Journal of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics  
The aim of this paper is to present the design of device for control of new propulsion system with pneumatic artificial muscles. The propulsion system can be used for ankle joint articulation, for assisting and rehabilitation in cases of injured ankle-foot complex, stroke patients or elderly with functional weakness. Proposed device for control is composed by microcontroller, generator for muscles contractions and sensor system. The microcontroller receives the control signals from sensors and
more » ... odulates ankle joint flex- ion and extension during human motion. The local joint control with a PID (Proportional-Integral Derivative) position feedback directly calculates desired pressure levels and dictates the necessary contractions. The main goal is to achieve an adaptation of the system and provide the necessary joint torque using position control with feedback.
doi:10.2478/jtam-2013-0029 fatcat:q7qjlciijrfttkrqyul3oyidje