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Bistable Compliant Extension Aid for a Polycentric Prosthetic Knee

[+] Author Affiliations
Adam D. Roetter, Craig P. Lusk, Rajiv Dubey

University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Paper No. DETC2009-86990, pp. 241-248; 8 pages
  • ASME 2009 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 7: 33rd Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, Parts A and B
  • San Diego, California, USA, August 30–September 2, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4904-0 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3856-3
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


A compliant add-on mechanism for polycentric prosthetic knees was designed to provide two additional features beyond those already provided by the knee, the additional features being a stable equilibrium position when the knee is bent for the sitting posture and a moment-rotation profile that helps prevent excessive heel rise. The mechanism, dubbed the Bistable Compliant Extension Aid (BCEA), was developed and analyzed using finite-element-analysis (FEA) software. The BCEA was shown to satisfy the design requirements, prevention of excessive heel rise and providing a stable sitting position, based on its reaction moments for knee flexions ranging between 0 and 90 degrees.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME



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