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Assistance magnitude versus metabolic cost reductions for a tethered multiarticular soft exosuit

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Quinlivan, B. T. [1, 2] ; Lee, S. [1, 2] ; Malcolm, P. [1, 2] ; Rossi, D. M. [1, 3, 2] ; Grimmer, M. [4] ; Siviy, C. [1, 2] ; Karavas, N. [1, 2] ; Wagner, D. [1, 2] ; Asbeck, A. [5] ; Galiana, I. [1, 2] ; Walsh, C. J. [1, 2]
Total Authors: 11
[1] Harvard Univ, John A Paulson Sch Engn & Appl Sci, Cambridge, MA 02138 - USA
[2] Harvard Univ, Wyss Inst Biol Inspired Engn, Cambridge, MA 02138 - USA
[3] Univ Sao Paulo, Ribeirao Preto Med Sch, Ribeirao Preto - Brazil
[4] Tech Univ Darmstadt, Darmstadt - Germany
[5] Virginia Tech, Dept Mech Engn, Blacksburg, VA 24061 - USA
Total Affiliations: 5
Document type: Journal article
Source: SCIENCE ROBOTICS; v. 2, n. 2 JAN 18 2017.
Web of Science Citations: 78

When defining requirements for any wearable robot for walking assistance, it is important to maximize the user's metabolic benefit resulting from the exosuit assistance while limiting the metabolic penalty of carrying the system's mass. Thus, the aim of this study was to isolate and characterize the relationship between assistance magnitude and the metabolic cost of walking while also examining changes to the wearer's underlying gait mechanics. The study was performed with a tethered multiarticular soft exosuit during normal walking, where assistance was directly applied at the ankle joint and indirectly at the hip due to a textile architecture. The exosuit controller was designed such that the delivered torque profile at the ankle joint approximated that of the biological torque during normal walking. Seven participants walked on a treadmill at 1.5 meters per second under one unpowered and four powered conditions, where the peak moment applied at the ankle joint was varied from about 10 to 38% of biological ankle moment (equivalent to an applied force of 18.7 to 75.0% of body weight). Results showed that, with increasing exosuit assistance, net metabolic rate continually decreased within the tested range. When maximum assistance was applied, the metabolic rate of walking was reduced by 22.83 +/- 3.17% relative to the powered-off condition (mean +/- SEM). (AU)

FAPESP's process: 15/02116-1 - Investigating musculoskeletal implications of wearing a soft exosuit
Grantee:Denise Martineli Rossi
Support type: Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate