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Investigating Application of TPU-Coated Soft Fabric Actuators in Soft Poly-Limbs

The focus of this research is to design and fabricate a Soft Poly Limb (SPL) using soft Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) coated fabric actuators. After several ASTM standard tests, Rockwood’s 200D material was chosen for SPL fabrication for its high burst strength of 0.53MPa and seal strength of 168kg/m3. For the SPL to perform its task

Soft Robotic Foot Orthosis

Developing a soft robotic foot orthosis could lead to faster rehabilitation for foot injuries and eventually a squishy Iron Man suit.

Development of an Independent Compact Air Compression System for Soft Robotic Actuation

The purpose of this research is to develop a compact self-contained air compressor unit for use on-body with any pneumatically driven system. This device will allow future and current soft robotic research to become portable and detach users from the tethered cables of in-lab compressors. The research was done by studying the mechanics of compressors

Development of an Assistive Soft Robotic Device

The soft properties that give soft robotics its name make it an ideal choice for working with people. This project focuses on designing and evaluating soft robotics actuators in order to create a device for assisting impaired users with the activities of daily life. Thus far, this project has resulted in the design and evaluation

Integrated Sensing for a Soft Neuroprosthetic

Neuroprosthetic devices have unique design requirements, more so for bionic limbs that must operate in highly demanding work environments. The project explores synthetically recreating postural synergy using soft materials, artificial muscles, and flexible electronics within the framework of highly demanding work environments. Ideally, the goal is to recreate the lightweight, robust form and function of

Evaluation of a Soft-Robotic Knee Exosuit for Stair ascent

This research evaluates a soft robotic exosuit worn around the knee joint to assist in ascending stairs for post-stroke and ACL reconstruction rehabilitation. The project goal is to compensate for the lack of muscular force at the joint and support the user’s limb to minimize loading on the affected limb. A healthy individual’s quadriceps-hamstring muscles

Soft Robotic Mobility Device

The purpose of this research is to develop an air pumping device that improves the mobility and effectiveness of a soft robotic medical device. This research was done by optimizing limiting factors such as weight, size, and air intake effectiveness for the medical devices. Using linear actuators and an air tank/plunger system, the air pump