STTR Phase I: Development of an Actively-Controlled Prosthetic Foot

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
0611210
Award Id:
80149
Agency Tracking Number:
0611210
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
452 Spring Street, Ann Arbor, MI, 48103
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
StevenCollins
Mr
(737) 476-0707
shc@umich.edu
Business Contact:
StevenCollins
(734) 476-0707
shc@umich.edu
Research Institute:
Univ of MI
Arthur D Kuo
2350 Hayward St.
Ann Arbor, MI, 48109
(734) 647-2505
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This Small Technology Transfer Research (STTR) Phase I project aims to develop an actively controlled prosthetic foot that makes walking easier and more comfortable for the lower limb amputees. Commercial prostheses use passive mechanisms to provide articulation, cushioning against heel impact, and elastic energy return; yet the energetic cost of amputee walking is high. Currently the most sophisticated prostheses are intelligent knees, which improve gait by actively controlling braking of the knee. Based on recent laboratory result and an earlier prototype device, the proposed project will used controlled energy storage and release, thus significantly improve the efficiency of a prosthetic foot.

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