Kinematic analysis and optimization of a planar parallel compliant mechanism for self-alignment knee exoskeleton

Niu, Yijun; Song, Zhibin; Dai, Jiansheng

Misalignment between the instantaneous center of rotation (ICR) of human joint and the ICR of wearable robotic exoskeleton widely exists among most of exoskeletons widely used in rehabilitation, which results in discomfort, even endangers human safety. In order to alleviate it, this study focuses on the solution of misalignment in knee joint of lower limb exoskeletons, and proposes a compliant five-bar parallel mechanism, which offers two mobility in sagittal plane, as well as the torsional springs mounted on this mechanism, have the potential to automatically adjust the ICR of output link connected to thigh with respect to the basis link connected to shank. To reach this goal, we build the stiffness model of the mechanism and optimize its variables. And the self-alignment of the compliant five-bar parallel mechanism is verified via experimental investigations.

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Niu, Yijun / Song, Zhibin / Dai, Jiansheng: Kinematic analysis and optimization of a planar parallel compliant mechanism for self-alignment knee exoskeleton. 2018. Copernicus Publications.

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