Testing of Coiled Nylon Actuators for Use in Spastic Hand Exoskeletons

@article{Bahrami2018TestingOC,
  title={Testing of Coiled Nylon Actuators for Use in Spastic Hand Exoskeletons},
  author={Sanaz Bahrami and Patrick Dumond},
  journal={2018 40th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC)},
  year={2018},
  pages={1853-1856}
}
Natural muscles have many favorable characteristics including their high power-to-weight ratio, efficient energy conversion and fast actuation times. These factors become important criteria for judging artificial actuation methods. Unfortunately, traditional systems such as pneumatic and electromagnetic motors have yet to attain similar characteristics. In recent years, a new category of actuators has been developed from highly twisted and coiled low-cost nylon fibers. These muscles are capable… CONTINUE READING

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