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Design and Assessment of a High Speed Low Torque Joint Transmission for Use in a Partial Hand, Powered Finger Prosthesis

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Anton Filatov, Ozkan Celik

Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO

Richard F. Weir

University of Colorado, Denver, Golden, CO

Paper No. DSCC2015-9782, pp. V002T27A006; 7 pages
  • ASME 2015 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference
  • Volume 2: Diagnostics and Detection; Drilling; Dynamics and Control of Wind Energy Systems; Energy Harvesting; Estimation and Identification; Flexible and Smart Structure Control; Fuels Cells/Energy Storage; Human Robot Interaction; HVAC Building Energy Management; Industrial Applications; Intelligent Transportation Systems; Manufacturing; Mechatronics; Modelling and Validation; Motion and Vibration Control Applications
  • Columbus, Ohio, USA, October 28–30, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: Dynamic Systems and Control Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5725-0
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME


This paper presents the design and assessment results of two types of miniature, high speed, low torque transmissions to be used in a partial hand, powered finger prosthesis. Transmissions enabling torque transfer across varied flexion angles of a finger joint can allow placement of a motor and a gearbox in adjacent phalanges, significantly decreasing space requirements for partial hand prostheses. Bevel gear-based and cable-based transmission designs for a variety of flexion angles are implemented and tested in comparison with a direct cascaded motor and gearbox (benchmark) configuration. The miter-gear transmission provided consistent operation at tested flexion angles, but demonstrated reduced efficiency in comparison with the benchmark configuration. Cable transmission matched efficiency of the benchmark configuration at low flexion angles but lacked mechanical durability at high loads and flexion angles. The designs presented complementary strengths and weaknesses, with the miter-gear design demonstrating better overall mechanical reliability, while the cable transmission excelled in secondary characteristics.

Copyright © 2015 by ASME
Topics: Torque , Design , Prostheses



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