Development of Reinforced Extension Type Flexible Pneumatic Actuator with Circumferential Restraints and Its Application for Rehabilitation Device

  • S. Shimooka National Institute of Technology, Matsue College, 14-4, Nishiikuma-cho, Matsue, Shimane, 690-8518, Japan. Phone: +81-852-36-5160
  • T. Akagi Okayama university of science, 1-1, Ridai-cho, Kita-ku, Okayama, 700-0005, Japan. Phone: +81-86-256-9786; Fax: +81-86-255-3611
  • S. Dohta Okayama university of science, 1-1, Ridai-cho, Kita-ku, Okayama, 700-0005, Japan. Phone: +81-86-256-9786; Fax: +81-86-255-3611
  • T. Shinohara Okayama university of science, 1-1, Ridai-cho, Kita-ku, Okayama, 700-0005, Japan. Phone: +81-86-256-9786; Fax: +81-86-255-3611
  • M. Aliff Malaysian Institute of Industrial Technology, Universiti Kuala Lumpur, Persiaran Sinaran Ilmu, Bandar Seri Alam, 81750 Johor, Malaysia
Keywords: Reinforced extension type flexible pneumatic actuator, Rehabilitation device for shoulder joint, Embedded controller, Built-in quasi-servo valve and sensor

Abstract

Based on super-aging society in Japan, a welfare pneumatic device to give passive exercise for the temporally injured elderly and disabled has been actively researched and developed. In previous study, based on opinions of Physical Therapist (PT) and Occupational Therapist (OT), a home-based rehabilitation device that could give passive exercise for patients using extension type flexible pneumatic actuators (EFPA), built-in quasi-servo valves and built-in displacement sensors using a wire type linear potentiometer was proposed and tested. However, the device did not have enough force and stiffness to drive shoulders with both arms. In this study, to get enough generated force and stiffness of the device, a parallel arranged EFPA reinforced with circumferential restraint was proposed and tested. The rehabilitation device for shoulder joint using the improved actuator was also proposed and tested. The built-in attitude control system using valves, sensors and an embedded controller was also developed. As a result, it can be confirmed that the device can give passive exercise with larger moving area and enough force and torque to move patient’s shoulder joint.

Published
2020-10-06
How to Cite
Shimooka, S., Akagi, T., Dohta, S., Shinohara, T., & Aliff, M. (2020). Development of Reinforced Extension Type Flexible Pneumatic Actuator with Circumferential Restraints and Its Application for Rehabilitation Device. International Journal of Automotive and Mechanical Engineering, 17(3), 8116-8127. https://doi.org/10.15282/ijame.17.3.2020.05.0609

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