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To improve the ligament balancing procedure during total knee arthroplasty a force-sensing device to intraoperatively measure knee joint forces and moments has been developed. It consists of two sensitive plates, one for each condyle, a tibial base plate and a set of spaces to adapt the device thickness to the patient-specific tibiofemoral gap. Each(More)
We have developed a robotic interface to train hand and finger function. HandCARE is a Cable-Actuated REhabilitation system, in which each finger is attached to an instrumented cable loop allowing force control and a predominantly linear displacement. The device, whose designed is based on biomechanical measurements, can assist the subject in opening and(More)
Ligament balancing in total knee arthroplasty may have an important influence on joint stability and prosthesis lifetime. In order to provide quantitative information and assistance during ligament balancing, a device that intraoperatively measures knee joint forces and moments was developed. Its performance and surgical advantages were evaluated on six(More)
An innovative method for fabricating the reference cell for a Rubidium (Rb) integrated atomic clock is presented. This method uses low-temperature solder sealing technique for producing mini-cells of the size of 14 x 10 x 3 mm, suitable for Rb miniature atomic clocks. Top and bottom of the cell consists of two glass slides. An LTCC (Low-Temperature Cofired(More)
We present a multisensor designed for industrial compressed air diagnostics and combining the measurement of pressure, flow, and temperature, integrated with the corresponding signal conditioning electronics in a single low-temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC) package. The developed sensor may be soldered onto an integrated electro-fluidic platform by using(More)
The nature and the role of 1 to 5 nm thick TiO 2 seed layers for the growth of textured PbTiO 3 and Pb(Zr,Ti)O 3 thin films on textured Pt(111) thin film substrates have been studied. Under otherwise identical in situ sputter deposition process conditions, the PbTiO 3 texture could be turned from (100) to (111) orientation by adding the seed layer. This is(More)
The piezoelectric response of silicon diaphragms covered with sputter-deposited PbZr 0.45 Ti 0.55 O 3 (PZT) films has been investigated in view of their application in ultrasonic micro-actuators. The behaviour of resonance frequencies and quasistatic deflections has been studied as a function of membrane thickness and d.c. bias. The total stress in the(More)
• Purpose: The resistivity dependence on temperature of composite resistors made of carbon fillers dispersed in an organic matrix are known to be strongly affected by the matrix thermal expansion. High positive temperature coefficient (PTC) effects, i.e. essentially switching from resistive to quasi-insulating behaviour, can be caused by phase changes in(More)