Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Smart Structures, School of Computing Engineering and Mathematics, Western Sydney University, Australia. His research interests cover Industry 4.0, Additive Manufacturing, Advanced Engineering Materials and Structures (Metals and Composites), Multi-scale Modelling of Materials and Structures, Metal Forming and Metal Surface Treatment.
Abstract—It is important to develop the orthosis which improves the Quality of Life (QOL) and maintains health conditions. As one of the treatment methods done to lumbago(low back pain), the waist fixation method with the spinal brace or the orthosis is prescribed. A waist active orthosis implemented with pneumatic flexible actuators have been developed. However, several problems of the previous actuator were that the strain and the generated force were small for the orthosis. Thus, this paper proposes the improved actuator for the orthosis. The improved actuator is modeled and the reliability of static and dynamic model is validated through experiment. As a result, it was confirmed that the improved actuator had the strain of 2 times and the generated force of 1.3 times, in comparison with the previous actuator. And the dynamic model including volume of actuator could be represented by a second-order form with a dead time.
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