Energy Scavenging Ankle Component for Self-Charging Batteries on Prosthetic Limbs

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$99,935.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W81XWH-06-C-0387
Award Id:
77859
Agency Tracking Number:
A064-031-0361
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
112 W. Foster Ave, State College, PA, 16801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
005051219
Principal Investigator:
Richard Geiger
(814) 867-4097
rtg114@yahoo.com
Business Contact:
Jeremy Frank
President
(814) 867-4097
jfrank@kcftech.com
Research Institution:
PENN STATE UNIV.
Steven Piazza
0029 RECREATION BLDG
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA, 16802
(814) 863-4755
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
KCF Technologies will develop an energy scavenging device as a component in the ankle of a lower extremity prosthetic limb. The component will be designed and demonstrated on a C-Leg, in collaboration with Otto Bock USA. The component will capture and store energy during normal activities such as walking and running. The captured energy will automatically recharge the batteries of the C-Leg. This energy will greatly extend the operational time of a battery charge, or eliminate the need for battery charge altogether. In Phase I, KCF will model, develop, fabricate and test a prototype energy harvesting ankle component in laboratory demonstrations. We will collaborate with our partners at Penn State University to model the dynamic forces at the ankle joint during walking and running, and use this information to optimize the component design and placement. In Phase II, KCF will demonstrate an energy-scavenging component in-use on an Otto Bock C-Leg.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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