Simulation-based design and locomotion control implementation for a lower body exoskeleton
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This paper proposes a simulation-based design and locomotion control methodology for an exoskeleton that is aimed at providing assistance to users with ambulatory difficulties. To increase the power-to-weight ratio while satisfying design constraints, we made use of simulation tools to recursively update the initial mechanical design for a finer solution. To this end, a coupled human-exoskeleton model was constructed in MSC ADAMS environment using an average human model and the initial design of the robot. Following this step, dynamic walking control simulations were carried out to determine actuator torques and loading. Using the loading data obtained via simulation experiments, certain mechanical links were optimized such that the portions with no stress concentration were removed without violating safety. Finally, two distinct control implementations were conducted: i) stand-to-sit motion, ii) dynamic walking. As a result, we obtained dynamically consistent motion behavior for both cases, adequately validating the proposed methodology.
Source : 2022 IEEE 5th International Conference on Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems (ICPS)
Date : 2022
Publisher : IEEE
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