Dynamic Modeling, Parameter Estimation and Control of a Leg Prosthesis Test Robot

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Applied Mathematical Modelling


Robotic testing can facilitate the development of new concepts, designs and control systems for prosthetic limbs. Human subject test clearances, safety and the lack of repeatability associated with human trials can be reduced or eliminated with automated testing, and test modalities are possible which are dangerous or inconvenient to attempt with patients. This paper describes the development, modeling, parameter estimation and control of a robot capable of reproducing two degree-of-freedom hip motion in the sagittal plane. Hip vertical displacement and thigh angle motion profiles are applied to a transfemoral prosthesis attached to the robot. A treadmill is used as walking surface. Aside from tracking hip motion trajectories, the control system can be used to regulate the contact force between the treadmill and the prosthesis. The paper summarizes the overall development process, with emphasis on the generation of a dynamic model that can be used to design closed-loop motion and force control algorithms.


Work supported by the Cleveland Clinic Foundation through the Ohio Third Frontier Program

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H. Richter, D. Simon, W. A. Smith and S. Samorezov, "Dynamic modeling, parameter estimation and control of a leg prosthesis test robot," Appl. Math. Model., vol. 39, pp. 559-573, 2015.