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Motorised shoe mechanisms to apply chaotic perturbations for gait training

Carus, D. and Hamilton, R. and Harrison, C.S. (2010) Motorised shoe mechanisms to apply chaotic perturbations for gait training. In: 1st International Conference on Applied Bionics & Biomechanics, ICABB-2010, 2010-10-14 - 2010-10-16, Venice, Italy.

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    Motorised shoes have been developed to apply chaotic perturbations for gait training. Each shoe comprises four individually controlled actuators, two in the heel and two in the forefoot. Rapid speed of actuator movement has been achieved with the use of a slider-connecting rod-crank mechanism. The mechanism was constructed in a 3D model and checked for component interference using kinematic analysis. Force analysis was undertaken using Euler rotations of each segment in co-ordinate transformation matrices. Component drawings were transferred to a finite element analysis package and factors of safety were applied for a fatigue life of 60,000 steps for each actuator. Latterly that has been extended and one of the pairs of shoes has undertaken 250,000 steps without serious problems. Four pairs of shoes are currently in trials with approximately 100 users. Future work will focus on weight reduction, increased load capacity and extended fatigue life.

    Item type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    ID code: 27484
    Keywords: motorised shoes, chaotic perturbations, gait training, kinematic analysis, Euler rotations, finite elementanalysis, Mechanical engineering and machinery, Manufactures, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanics of Materials, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
    Subjects: Technology > Mechanical engineering and machinery
    Technology > Manufactures
    Department: Faculty of Engineering > Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    Faculty of Engineering > Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management
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    Depositing user: Ms Katrina May
    Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2010 12:23
    Last modified: 07 Sep 2014 13:48

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