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Powered Walk/Run Prosthetic Ankle

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 2R44HD072402-02
Agency Tracking Number: R44HD072402
Amount: $1,123,625.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: NICHD
Solicitation Number: PA13-234
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-09-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-08-31
Small Business Information
2414 W 12th St STE 4
Tempe, AZ 85281-6955
United States
DUNS: 808441963
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
Phone: (480) 704-3592
Research Institution

DESCRIPTION provided by applicant In the first phase of this project it was shown that by utilizing innovative technologies it was possible to allow below the knee amputees to walk and run using a single powered prosthetic device In the second phase of this project it will be shown that the key technological advancements and optimizations will allow the a single powered device to perform walking running and transitioning between the two while on level ground and slopes as well as being rugged and user friendly enough that it can be worn during every day activities Current users of passive prosthetic devices typically expend more energy have reduced ankle motion and power and increased gait asymmetry resulting in joint and back pain Augmenting ankle power with a robotic tendon actuator will restore near able bodied function improving quality of life The current state of the art powered prosthetic devices have limited battery life are relatively loud have a slow top running speed and are not rugged During this project key technologies being developed by SpringActive will be used to lower electrical current requirements decrease actuator acceleration increase battery life reduce noise and increase the top running speed Testing of the PWR ankle will be performed by the Minneapolis VA Health Care System with technical device support from SpringActive We hypothesize that the PWR ankle will produce net positive work during fast walking produce changes in effective alignment of the ankle for walking on different sloped surfaces indicating adaptation to the slopes and improve limb loading symmetry compared with use of passive prostheses

PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE This research project develops a powered walk run prosthetic ankle to restore able bodied function to a below the knee amputee Within the U S there are approximately million people living with a lower limb amputation with new cases each year

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