Design and Testing of an Energy-Efficient
Walking is one of the most complex totally integrated movements and yet is the movement which is the most common and taken-for-granted. Approximately 3000 lower extremity amputations are performed in The Netherlands every year.
An amputation has a very big influence on walking. Amputees walk slower and use up to 80% more energy per meter. If it would be possible to support the movement without the need for power, the amputee would be less dependent.
The design of such a passive energy-efficient actuation system for trans-femoral prostheses is the topic of the “ReflexLeg” project of the University of Twente. This Master-study is part of the Reflex leg project.
To “develop and test a prototype of a passive actuation system which is able to temporarily store energy to be released at a later time at the same or the other joint to support gait of trans-femoral amputees”.
Multiple concepts will be developed. After simulation one concept is chosen and thoroughly tested on a prosthesis or in another test setup.
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