Design of an innovative prosthetic hand with compact shape memory alloy actuators

Konstantinos Andrianesis, Anthony Tzes

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Abstract

Shape memory alloy actuation is one of the emerging technologies that shows up remarkable advantages compared to conventional actuation. In this research work, this technology is exploited in driving an innovative prosthetic hand designed to meet most of the requirements of the upper limb amputees. Compact and totally silent linear actuation units are developed and integrated within a lightweight housing closely replicating the shape and size of the average human hand. In addition, a tendon-driven underactuated mechanism provides the necessary dexterity without compromising the simplicity of the device. The physical implementation of the hand chassis is accomplished using rapid prototyping techniques. Experiments with a single-finger testbed are conducted in order to evaluate speed performance and investigate the feasibility of a resistance feedback control scheme.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2013 21st Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation, MED 2013 - Conference Proceedings
Pages697-702
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
Event2013 21st Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation, MED 2013 - Platanias-Chania, Crete, Greece
Duration: Jun 25 2013Jun 28 2013

Publication series

Name2013 21st Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation, MED 2013 - Conference Proceedings

Other

Other2013 21st Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation, MED 2013
CountryGreece
CityPlatanias-Chania, Crete
Period6/25/136/28/13

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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