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A Control Strategy for an Active Alignment Transtibial Prosthesis

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Andrew LaPrè, Frank Sup

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

Paper No. DSCC2015-9948, pp. V001T18A005; 6 pages
  • ASME 2015 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference
  • Volume 1: Adaptive and Intelligent Systems Control; Advances in Control Design Methods; Advances in Non-Linear and Optimal Control; Advances in Robotics; Advances in Wind Energy Systems; Aerospace Applications; Aerospace Power Optimization; Assistive Robotics; Automotive 2: Hybrid Electric Vehicles; Automotive 3: Internal Combustion Engines; Automotive Engine Control; Battery Management; Bio Engineering Applications; Biomed and Neural Systems; Connected Vehicles; Control of Robotic Systems
  • Columbus, Ohio, USA, October 28–30, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: Dynamic Systems and Control Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5724-3
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME


This paper presents a control approach for an experimental transtibial prosthesis that can actively realign the residual limb in relation to prosthetic foot during the stance phase of gait. The realignment objective is to inject positive power into the gait cycle while actively reducing the magnitude of the sagittal moment transferred to the residual limb. The altered gait dynamics of this new type of prosthesis require a control approach that coordinates its function with a user’s gait cycle. This paper overviews the mechanical design of the prosthesis development, the proposed finite-state adaptive controller, and presents experimental results for constant cadence walking and adaptation while changing walking speeds.

Copyright © 2015 by ASME
Topics: Prostheses



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