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Asymmetric Unilateral Transfemoral Prosthetic Simulator, Tyagi Ramakrishnan May 2014

Asymmetric Unilateral Transfemoral Prosthetic Simulator, Tyagi Ramakrishnan

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

amputation, which includes reduced force generation at the knee and ankle, reduced control of the leg, and different mass properties relative to their intact leg. The physical change in the prosthetic leg leads to gait asymmetries that include spatial, temporal, or force differences. This altered gait can lead to an increase in energy consumption and pain due to compensating forces and torques. The asymmetric prosthesis demonstrated in this research aims to find a balance between the different types of asymmetries to provide a gait that is more symmetric and to make it overall easier for an amputee to walk.

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Utilizing A Computational Model For The Design Of A Passive Dynamic Walker, Craig Alan Honeycutt Jan 2011

Utilizing A Computational Model For The Design Of A Passive Dynamic Walker, Craig Alan Honeycutt

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Recent interest in using passive dynamic walkers (PDWs) for gait rehabilitation studies has presented a need for a robust, easily built mechanism. Unfortunately, these passive robots are hypersensitive to many variables outside of the usual design considerations that are studied when constructing them. By accentuating previous failures instead of suppressing them, this thesis presents a number of problematic situations commonly experienced when testing and tuning a PDW.

Further, through a complete design of a 4-legged PDW with knees, simple design axioms brought about by myself and others are put into a practical context and applied directly to design. This thesis ...