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Findings from Peking University Has Provided New Data on Mechanical Engineering (Advances in Propulsive Bionic Feet and Their Actuation Principles)

September 3, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Engineering -- Investigators publish new report on Mechanical Engineering. According to news reporting out of Beijing, People's Republic of China, by VerticalNews editors, research stated, "In the past decades, researchers have deeply studied pathological and nonpathological gait to understand the human ankle function during walking. These efforts resulted in the development of new lower limb prosthetic devices aiming at raising the 3C-level (control, comfort, and cosmetics) of amputees."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Peking University, "Thanks to the technological advances in engineering and mechatronics, challenges in the field of prosthetics have become an important source of interest for roboticists. Currently, most of the bionic feet are still on a research level but show promising results and a preview of tomorrow's commercial prosthetic devices. In this paper, the authors present the current state-of-the-art and the latest advances in propulsive bionic feet with its actuation principles. The context of this review study is outlined followed by a brief description of the basics in human biomechanics and criteria for new prosthetic designs. A new categorization based on the actuation principle of propulsive ankle-foot prostheses is proposed. Based on simulations, the general principles and benefits of each actuation method are explained. The corresponding latest advances in propulsive bionic feet are presented together with their main characteristics and scientific outcomes."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "The authors also propose to the reader a comparison analysis of the presented devices with a discussion of the general tendencies in new prosthetic feet."

For more information on this research see: Advances in Propulsive Bionic Feet and Their Actuation Principles. Advances in Mechanical Engineering, 2014;():1-21. Advances in Mechanical Engineering can be contacted at: Hindawi Publishing Corporation, 410 Park Avenue, 15TH Floor, #287 Pmb, New York, NY 10022, USA. (Hindawi Publishing -; Advances in Mechanical Engineering -

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting P. Cherelle, Peking University, Coll Engn, Intelligent Control Lab, Beijing 100871, People's Republic of China. Additional authors for this research include G. Mathijssen, Q.N. Wang, B. Vanderborght and D. Lefeber.

Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Beijing, Mechanical Engineering, People's Republic of China

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Source: Journal of Engineering

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