Title: The effect of muscle weakness on the capability gap during gross motor function: a simulation study supporting design criteria for exoskeletons of the lower limb
Authors: Afschrift, Maarten ×
De Groote, Friedl
De Schutter, Joris
Jonkers, Ilse #
Issue Date: 2014
Series Title: Biomedical engineering online vol:13 pages:111
Article number: 10.1186/1475-925X-13-111
Abstract: Enabling persons with functional weaknesses to perform activities of daily living (ADL) is one of the main challenges for the aging society. Powered orthoses, or exoskeletons, have the potential to support ADL while promoting active participation of the user. For this purpose, assistive devices should be designed and controlled to deliver assistance as needed (AAN). This means that the level of assistance should bridge the capability gap, i.e. the gap between the capabilities of the subjects and the task requirements. However, currently the actuators of exoskeletons are mainly designed using inverse dynamics (ID) based calculations of joint moments. The goal of the present study is to calculate the capability gap for the lower limb during ADL when muscle weakness is present, which is needed for appropriate selection of actuators to be integrated in exoskeletons.
ISSN: 1475-925X
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Human Movement Biomechanics Research Group
Production Engineering, Machine Design and Automation (PMA) Section
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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