An experimental apparatus to simulate body-powered prosthetic usage: Development and preliminary evaluation

Fan Gao, Johanan Rodriguez, Susan Kapp

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Abstract

Background and aim: Harness fitting in the body-powered prosthesis remains more art than science due to a lack of consistent and quantitative evaluation. The aim of this study was to develop a mechanical, human-body-shaped apparatus to simulate body-powered upper limb prosthetic usage and evaluate its capability of quantitative examination of harness configuration. Technique: The apparatus was built upon a torso of a wooden mannequin and integrated major mechanical joints to simulate terminal device operation. Sensors were used to register cable tension, cable excursion, and grip force simultaneously. Discussion: The apparatus allowed the scapula to move up to 127 mm laterally and the load cell can measure the cable tension up to 445 N. Our preliminary evaluation highlighted the needs and importance of investigating harness configurations in a systematic and controllable manner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)404-408
Number of pages5
JournalProsthetics and Orthotics International
Volume40
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Body-powered
  • Cable excursion
  • Cable tension
  • Grip force

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Rehabilitation

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