Design and Evaluation of A Novel Passive Shoulder Exoskeleton Based on VSM Torque Generator

Yu Zhu, Felix Balser, Ming Shen, Shaoping Bai*

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Abstract

This paper presents the design and evaluation of a passive shoulder exoskeleton based on the variable stiffness mechanism (VSM). The exoskeleton aims to reduce physical effort during repetitive manual handling tasks in industrial settings. The design comprises a lightweight structure and torque generators. With adoption of VSM, a compact and configurable torque generator is designed to provide torque assisting arm carrying and lifting. Experimental results show that the exoskeleton effectively reduces physical effort while remaining comfortable and easy to use.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Mechanism and Machine Science - Proceedings of the 16th IFToMM World Congress 2023—Volume 2
EditorsMasafumi Okada
Number of pages10
Place of PublicationJapan
PublisherSpringer
Publication date4 Nov 2023
Pages810-819
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-45769-2
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-45770-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2023
EventIFToMM World Congress 2023: Advances in Mechanism and Machine Science - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 5 Nov 202310 Nov 2023

Conference

ConferenceIFToMM World Congress 2023
Country/TerritoryJapan
CityTokyo
Period05/11/202310/11/2023
SeriesMechanisms and Machine Science
Volume148
ISSN2211-0984

Keywords

  • Industrial exoskeleton
  • Variable stiffness mechanism
  • Torque generator
  • Muscle activity evaluation
  • Work-related musculoskeletal disorders

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