Control Architecture of a 10 DOF Lower Limbs Exoskeleton for Gait Rehabilitation

Koceska, Natasa and Koceski, Saso and Durante, Francesco and Beomonte, Pierluigi and Raparelli, Terenziano (2012) Control Architecture of a 10 DOF Lower Limbs Exoskeleton for Gait Rehabilitation. International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, 10. p. 1. ISSN 1729-8806


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This paper describes the control architecture of a 10 DOF (Degrees of Freedom) lower limbs exoskeleton for the gait rehabilitation of patients with gait dysfunction. The system has 4 double‐acting rod pneumatic actuators (two for each leg) that control the hip and knee joints. The motion of each cylinder’s piston is controlled by two proportional pressure valves, connected to both cylinder chambers. The control strategy has been specifically designed in order to ensure a proper trajectory control for guiding patient’s legs along a fixed reference gait pattern. An adaptive fuzzy controller which is capable of compensating for the influence of the dry friction was successfully designed, implemented and tested on an embedded real‐time PC/104. In order to verify the proposed control architecture, laboratory experiments without a patient were carried out and the results are reported here and discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Natural sciences > Computer and information sciences
Engineering and Technology > Mechanical engineering
Engineering and Technology > Other engineering and technologies
Divisions: Faculty of Computer Science
Depositing User: Saso Koceski
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2013 20:57
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 14:15

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