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Synthesis and Optimization Considerations for a Knee Orthosis Based on a Watt’s Six-Bar Linkage

  • Evagoras Xydas
  • Banu Abdikadirova
  • Kostas Konstantinos
Conference paper
Part of the Biosystems & Biorobotics book series (BIOSYSROB, volume 22)

Abstract

Employing six-bar linkages for knee orthoses is an advantageous choice in many ways. In relation to four-bar linkages the six-bar linkage tracks more accurately the natural ankle trajectory and provides more flexibility in the design for stability. Additionally, the 1-DOF mobility of linkages alongside the available moment leverage offers advantages in cost-effectiveness over open-kinematic-chain designs.

This work presents the analysis as well as the design and optimization considerations of a knee orthosis that is based on a Watt’s six-bar linkage. The main aim is to lay the foundations for analytical design and development of a knee orthosis that is cost-effective, self-cancelling and optimized for passive-active energy exchange as well as energy harvesting and return.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Evagoras Xydas
    • 1
  • Banu Abdikadirova
    • 1
  • Kostas Konstantinos
    • 1
  1. 1.Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, School of EngineeringNazarbayev UniversityAstanaKazakhstan

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