Stiffness properties of running specific prostheses (RSP) for Paralympic runners are fundamental in the selection of the optimal running prosthetic foot (RPF) for sprint and jump events, depending on the athlete’s anthropometry and characteristics. RPFs are J-shaped or C-shaped, clamped to the socket or the pylon of the prosthetic leg. The aim of this work was to develop a test bench suitable for the static and dynamic characterization of a running prosthetic feet (RPF). Based on the evidence that the ground reaction force components change their relative orientation to the pylon or socket during the stance, loads were resolved in the socket reference frame and a multi-component test bench was designed and constructed. Two perpendicular actuators can apply static and dynamic loads to the foot while contacting a surrogate ground inclined at different angles. The preliminary tests show how the alignment, load combination, and ground angle can affect RPF stiffness curves.

Conceptual Design of a New Multi-Component Test Bench for the Dynamic Characterization of Running Specific Prostheses

Nicola Petrone
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Gianfabio Costa
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Gianmario Foscan
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2020

Abstract

Stiffness properties of running specific prostheses (RSP) for Paralympic runners are fundamental in the selection of the optimal running prosthetic foot (RPF) for sprint and jump events, depending on the athlete’s anthropometry and characteristics. RPFs are J-shaped or C-shaped, clamped to the socket or the pylon of the prosthetic leg. The aim of this work was to develop a test bench suitable for the static and dynamic characterization of a running prosthetic feet (RPF). Based on the evidence that the ground reaction force components change their relative orientation to the pylon or socket during the stance, loads were resolved in the socket reference frame and a multi-component test bench was designed and constructed. Two perpendicular actuators can apply static and dynamic loads to the foot while contacting a surrogate ground inclined at different angles. The preliminary tests show how the alignment, load combination, and ground angle can affect RPF stiffness curves.
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