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Kyle Lewis

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona | Graduation Date: Spring 2019
Engineering (Robotics)

Mentor: Thomas Sugar
FURI: Fall 2018

The goal of this research is to create a soft robotic knee brace in order to reduce the risk of injury, chronic pain and osteoarthritis in laborers tasked with repetitive lifting. The researchers have developed a design with layered leaf springs. When the user needs assistance with lifting, a sleeve will slide over the length of the leaf springs, thus increasing the resistance to bending. Currently, tests are being conducted on the stiffness created by the sleeves. Future work will include creating a mechanism that will allow and activate the sleeves.

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Soft Robotics: A Quasi-Passive Knee Brace to Assist in Lifting

Mentor: Thomas Sugar
FURI: Spring 2018

The goal of this research is to create a soft robotic knee brace in order to reduce the risk of injury, chronic pain, and osteoarthritis in laborers tasked with repetitive lifting. For the knee brace, the researchers have developed a design with layered leaf springs that will be clamped together to create a resistive force to lifting. Currently, mathematical models have been created to calculate what forces can be achieved by varying the dimensions of the leaf spring. Future work will include creating the knee brace and testing.