Visualising kinematic of elastic Ossur ESR Prosthetic foot using novel low cost optical tracking systems
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Journal: WCCM 2017 - 1st World Congress on Condition Monitoring 2017
A novel method of measuring kinematics of elastic body is the subject of this investigation. Unlike kinematics of rigid body large elastic deformation tends to modify the dynamics of motion. In the case of amputee runner the change in kinematics of the foot depends on the stiffness, body mass and running beat frequency. Current measurement techniques, such as gait analysis assumes rigid elements. Currently there are inertia measurement unit (IMU) based systems that uses accelerometers and gyro to determine acceleration, velocities and orientations of the sensors. They are not capable of measuring changes in lengths or positions of the objects that they are attached to. For that reason predicting velocities and displacement by integrating acceleration is not always viable due to time step limits of the integrations that are necessary. Here a new optical device is developed and presented that is accurate and is practically error free to monitor Foot elastic deformation. In this paper the Dynamic elastic response of Ossur Running foot is being investigated using this device. The data generated show complete phase synchronisation with IMU but much better accuracy in terms of velocity and relative displacement of the feet due to flexure as a result of elastic response to Impulse.