Carlos Salazar Briceño

Funding: Peruvian Government
Supervisor(s): Renaud Ronsse

Design of a mechanism that will provide the inversion and eversion degree of freedom (DoF) to the biologically inspired Efficient Lockable Spring Ankle (ELSA) robotic transtibial prosthesis which already has an active energized dorsiflexion and plantarflexion DoF. It is desired that the mechanism is active energized and biologically inspired. What are the newest mechanisms utilized in robotic transtibial prosthesis for inversion and eversion DoF and which kind of mechanisms are these ones?. Which are the most important criteria to consider when designing this kind of prosthesis and why are these the most important?. What are the advantages and disadvantages of a biologically inspired design?. The methodology to be used is the mechatronic systems design method of the VDI 2206 german guideline, it comprises the definition of the issue to be solved, the conceptual design which will help to choose the best preliminary design that is the base of the definitive project. Thereupon, leaving the VDI 2206 guideline, the next steps are to do the prototyping, programming, experimentation, validation, analysis, evaluation and relevant improvements on the prototype. There is a proposition of a compliant mechanism's design for the prosthesis which adequacy will be evaluated.

IMMC main research direction(s):
Biomedical engineering

control systems
finite elements
mechanical design
medical device

Research group(s): MEED