The fit of a prosthetic socket to a residual limb is critical as poor socket fit is one of the leading causes of improper function, discomfort, and skin breakdown. The daily and long term volume fluctuation of a residual limb presents a major challenge to maintaining fit. This work presents the initial efforts to develop adjustable inserts that consisted of arrays of small, sensorized inflatable pressure actuators that can expand based on the volume change. We have fabricated and tested actuator inserts to demonstrate their capability for pressure mapping in a limb-socket interface. We have also shown that the actuators have the capacity to maintain positive displacement under load to accommodate for volume change in a residual limb for improved fit.
|Title of host publication||2016 6th IEEE International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, BioRob 2016|
|Number of pages||6|
|State||Published - Jul 26 2016|
|Event||6th IEEE RAS/EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, BioRob 2016 - Singapore, Singapore|
Duration: Jun 26 2016 → Jun 29 2016
|Name||Proceedings of the IEEE RAS and EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics|
|Conference||6th IEEE RAS/EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, BioRob 2016|
|Period||6/26/16 → 6/29/16|
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ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Artificial Intelligence
- Biomedical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering