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Hydraulically Actuated Patient Transfer Device With Passivity Based Control

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Heather C. Humphreys, Wayne J. Book, James D. Huggins

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

Paper No. FPMC2013-4486, pp. V001T01A051; 7 pages
  • ASME/BATH 2013 Symposium on Fluid Power and Motion Control
  • ASME/BATH 2013 Symposium on Fluid Power and Motion Control
  • Sarasota, Florida, USA, October 6–9, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluid Power Systems and Technology Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5608-6
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


This paper describes the development of a hydraulically actuated patient transfer device, utilizing a force amplifying passivity based control strategy. The patient transfer device is intended for moving mobility limited patients, for example, from a bed to a chair, from a wheelchair into a car, or from the floor into a wheelchair. Our needs assessment has indicated that a more powerful, more easily maneuverable device is needed which is operable by a single caregiver with one hand. For this purpose, we are proposing a coordinated force amplifying control strategy. The caregiver input to the device is measured from a force sensor mounted on the device near the patient. The output is the force applied by the device actuators in the same direction as the input; this force may be amplified to assist the caregiver. Passivity-based control provides a way to implement this force amplifying control to aid in stability, which is critical for a device that interacts directly with humans. This paper describes the implementation of this force amplifying passivity-based control on a simpler pre-prototype two DOF patient transfer device.

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