Spring over muscle (SOM) actuator for rehabilitation devices

Kartik Bharadwaj, Kevin W. Hollander, Christian A. Mathis, Thomas Sugar

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Abstract

For people affected by stroke, frequent physical therapy has been shown to be an effective form of rehabilitation. To this goal, several home therapy devices have been developed. Many of these devices may benefit from the use of a bi-directional pneumatic muscle actuator. This paper presents the concept and design of the double-acting, compliant, Spring Over Muscle (SOM) actuator. The principle design uses a spring in parallel with a pneumatic muscle actuator. This concept is economical, and easily scalable. Additionally, a design proposal for an ankle rehabilitation device, which incorporates the SOM actuator, is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAnnual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings
Pages2726-2729
Number of pages4
Volume26 IV
StatePublished - 2004
EventConference Proceedings - 26th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2004 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Sep 1 2004Sep 5 2004

Other

OtherConference Proceedings - 26th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2004
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period9/1/049/5/04

Keywords

  • Actuator
  • Rehabilitation
  • Spring over muscle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering

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    Bharadwaj, K., Hollander, K. W., Mathis, C. A., & Sugar, T. (2004). Spring over muscle (SOM) actuator for rehabilitation devices. In Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings (Vol. 26 IV, pp. 2726-2729)