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International Journal of Applied Mechanics and Engineering

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Design and Characterization of a Novel Knee Articulation Mechanism

M. Olinski
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  • Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Mechatronics and Theory of Mechanisms, Łukasiewicza St. 7/9, 50-371 Wrocław. Poland
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Published Online: 2016-09-10 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijame-2016-0037

Abstract

The paper is focused on designing a novel controllable and adjustable mechanism for reproducing human knee joint’s complex motion by taking into account the flexion/extension movement in the sagittal plane, in combination with roll and slide. Main requirements for a knee rehabilitation supporting device are specified by researching the knee’s anatomy and already existing mechanisms. A three degree of freedom (3 DOF) system (four-bar like linkage with controlled variable lengths of rockers) is synthesised to perform the reference path of instantaneous centre of rotation (ICR). Finally, a preliminary design of the adaptive mechanism is elaborated and a numerical model is built in Adams. Numerical results are derived from simulations that are presented to evaluate the accuracy of the reproduced movement and the mechanism’s capabilities.

Keywords: knee joint; 3 DOF linkage; synthesis; optimization; numerical experiments

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About the article

Received: 2016-06-19

Revised: 2016-07-03

Published Online: 2016-09-10

Published in Print: 2016-08-01


Citation Information: International Journal of Applied Mechanics and Engineering, ISSN (Online) 2353-9003, ISSN (Print) 1734-4492, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijame-2016-0037.

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