A vacuum-powered artificial muscle designed for infant rehabilitation

Mijaíl Jaén Mendoza, Samuel Dutra Gollob, Diego Lavado, Bon Ho Brandon Koo, Segundo Cruz, Ellen T. Roche, Emir A. Vela

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Resumen

The majority of soft pneumatic actuators for rehabilitation exercises have been designed for adult users. Specifically, there is a paucity of soft rehabilitative devices designed for infants with upper and lower limb motor disabilities. We present a low-profile vacuum-powered artificial muscle (LP-VPAM) with dimensions suitable for infants. The actuator produced a maximum force of 26 N at vacuum pressures of −40 kPa. When implemented in an experimental model of an infant leg in an antagonistic-agonist configuration to measure resultant knee flexion, the actuator generated knee flexion angles of 43 and 61 in the prone and side-lying position, respectively.

Idioma originalInglés
Número de artículo971
PublicaciónMicromachines
Volumen12
N.º8
DOI
EstadoPublicada - 2021

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