A novel smart assistive knee brace incorporated with shape memory alloy wire actuator
Navid Moslemi, Soheil Gohari, Farzin Mozafari, Mohsen Gol Zardian, Colin Burvill, Mohd Yazid Yahya, Amran Ayob
Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures | SAGE Publications | Published : 2020
The knee plays a significant role in locomotion and stability of the entire body through supporting the body weight and assisting the lower body kinematics during walking. However, the knee is at constant risk of becoming weakened due to disease, age, and accidents. One approach to treating weakened knee is wearing an assistive knee brace. To design a clinical knee brace, many factors such as weight and compliant mechanism should be considered. In this study, a novel smart assistive knee brace mechanism incorporated with wire actuators made of shape memory alloys is proposed to ameliorate the issues associated with weight and flexibility of existing brace designs. Unlike earlier studies, the..View full abstract
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: The first author would like to acknowledge the funding received from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) under Grant No. eScience/PY2014/03221.