Evaluation of pneumatic cylinder actuators for hand prostheses

  title={Evaluation of pneumatic cylinder actuators for hand prostheses},
  author={Bart Peerdeman and Gerwin Smit and Stefano Stramigioli and D. Plettenburg and Sarthak Misra},
  journal={2012 4th IEEE RAS & EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob)},
DC motors are currently the preferred actuation method for externally powered hand prostheses. However, they are often heavy and large, which limits the number of actuators that can be integrated into the prosthesis. Alternative actuation methods are being researched, but have not yet found wide application. In this paper, a thin-walled pneumatic cylinder actuator is implemented to move a single-DOF prosthetic hand. Its performance is compared to that of a commercially available DC motor. Both… CONTINUE READING
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