Energy Recuperation at the Hip Joint for Paraplegic Walking: Interaction Between Patient and Supportive Device
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For patients with lower limb paralysis, wearable robotic systems are becoming increasingly important for regaining mobility. The actuation of these systems is challenging because of the necessity to deliver high power within very limited space. However, not all patients need full support, as many patients have residual muscle function that can be applied for locomotion. This work introduces a microprocessor-controlled leg (hip-knee-ankle-foot) orthosis (mpLeg) with energy recuperation capabilities at the hip joint. The system redistributes motion energy generated by the patient during walking. In stance phase of walking, energy is stored in an elastic element at the hip joint. This energy can be released by computer control later in the gait phase, to support swing phase motion. This work aims at investigating the influence of the elastic element in the orthotic hip joint on a patient’s motion. Experiments conducted with a patient suffering from incomplete paraplegia demonstrated that the motion pattern during walking improved with activated energy recuperation. This observation was made over a wide range of system parameters. The patient used the energy recuperation capabilities of the mpLeg with up to 4.1 J recuperated energy per step, which resulted in a more natural swing phase motion during walking. Therefore energy recuperation at the hip joint is a feasible technology for future supportive devices. Show more
Book title2019 IEEE 16th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR)
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Organisational unit03654 - Riener, Robert / Riener, Robert
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