Daniel Paluska

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Series Elastic Actuators have linear springs intentionally placed in series between the motor and actuator output. The spring strain is measured to get an accurate estimate of force. Despite using a transmission to achieve high force/mass and high power/mass, the spring allows for good force control, high force fidelity, minimum impedance, and large dynamic(More)
Metabolic studies have shown that there is a metabolic cost associated with carrying load. Several leg exoskeletons have been developed by various groups in an attempt to augment the load carrying capability of the human. Previous research efforts have not fully exploited the passive dynamics of walking and have largely focused on fully actuated(More)
Evidence from biomechanics research suggests that tendon series elasticity allows muscle to act in an optimal range of its force–length and force–velocity curves to achieve work and power amplification. In this investigation we put forth a simple model to quantify the capacity of series elasticity to increase work and power output from an actuator. We show(More)
In this investigation we put forth a simple model to quantify the capacity of series elasticity to increase peak power output from an actuator. Using a linear bandwidth limited force source, we show how series spring stiffness and source stroke length effect power output to an inertial load. We show that an appropriate spring constant increases the peak(More)
In this paper, we seek to understand how leg muscles and tendons work mechanically during walking in order to motivate the design of efficient robotic legs. We hypothesize that a robotic leg comprising only knee and ankle passive and quasi-passive elements, including springs, clutches and variable-damping components, can capture the dominant mechanical(More)
Emerging technologies such as rehabilitation robots (RehaBot) for retraining upper and lower limb functions have shown to carry tremendous potential to improve rehabilitation outcomes. Hstar Technologies is developing a revolutionary rehabilitation robot system enhancing healthcare quality for patients with neurological and muscular injuries or functional(More)
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