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Development of a Prosthetic Foot using Dielectric Elastomer Actuators

Currently, the researcher is trying to create a prosthetic foot using a dielectric elastomer actuator (DEA), which is essentially rubber deforming under an electrical force. Creating a dielectric elastomer needs careful consideration on the type of rubber and electrodes for the current, so the researcher is trying materials that can be useful for a proof concept. Once a DEA can be properly crafted, the next step would be designing how to deform it so that is can mimic a foot.

Symposium Participant

Portrait of Cesar Carreto

Cesar Carreto

Project Details

Symposium Date: Fall 2018

Research Theme: Health

Presentation Type: FURI

Faculty Mentors

  • Jeffrey La Belle