The purpose of this study is to determine the feasibility of using dielectric elastomer actuators (DEA) for powering prosthetic feet. DEAs are essentially a deformable capacitor and previous studies have shown that DEAs can have unique desired deformations for upper limb movements. While force output in DEAs has been looked into, this study will focus
Active temperature management inside prosthetic sockets will reduce discomfort for people using lower leg prosthetics.
Studying the capabilities of electrically powered rubber can lead to a better prosthetic foot.