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Author Dunning, A.G. ♦ Stroo, J.L. ♦ Radaelli, G. ♦ Herder, J.L.
Source IEEE Xplore Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2015
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Technology ♦ Engineering & allied operations ♦ Other branches of engineering
Subject Keyword Conferences ♦ Wires ♦ Force ♦ Prototypes ♦ Shoulder ♦ Joints ♦ Springs
Abstract People with neuromuscular diseases request an arm support close to the body for assistance with their arm movements. This paper proposes a concept for a passive arm support based on bending beams to support the eating movement and that is close to the body. Simulations resulted in the final configuration and dimensions of the beams, optimized to balance an arm. One Carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer beam with dimensions 0.22×0.0041×0.0027m at the medial side and one at the lateral side of the upper arm deliver the required energy for balancing the arm. Experimental evaluation of a prototype demonstrated the technical principle; more than 87% of the moment around the shoulder was balanced between 0 and 1.1rad. A second prototype was built for evaluation of the concept in relation to the body. The width of the elastic and structural elements was only 2× 7.5mm, which is more than four times smaller than in current arm supports. From this it was concluded that bending beams have the potential to make an arm support that is close to the body an can balance the arm in a single plane.
Description Author affiliation: Dept. Biomech. Eng., Delft Univ. of Technol., Delft, Netherlands (Dunning, A.G.; Stroo, J.L.) || Dept. Precision & Microsyst. Eng., Delft Univ. of Technol., Delft, Netherlands (Radaelli, G.; Herder, J.L.)
ISSN 19457901
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research ♦ Reading
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2015-08-11
Publisher Place Singapore
Rights Holder Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)
e-ISBN 9781479918089
Size (in Bytes) 824.90 kB
Page Count 6
Starting Page 520
Ending Page 525


Source: IEEE Xplore Digital Library