Fluid Power Research Update: Portable Pneumatically Powered Orthoses at FPIRC16

We’ve written before about the fluid power research projects coming out of the Center for Compact & Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP). Ten new research projects have recently been selected for funding. One such project is the Portable Pneumatically Powered Orthoses project, which was presented by Girish Krishnan and Matthew N. Petrucci of the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign at the 2016 Fluid Power Research and Innovation Conference.

See the presentation slides from the conference below:

Project Summary: The project is specifically focusing on the design and analysis of a soft pneumatic sleeve for arm orthosis. This will contribute to orthotic control mechanisms and clinical treatment strategies, both of which are areas that have significant potential for advancements. The final design will be lighter and more compact than the current and will have enhanced power and performance. In addition to making strides in orthotics, this research will also drive the use of compact fluid power technologies in other human-scale devices.

Watch for updates as the project progresses.

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