Special Section Technical Briefs

Characterization of Flexinol® as a Lightweight Biomechanical Actuator1

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Meyer D. Ungerman, Amber M. Walker

Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering,
United States Military Academy,
West Point, NY 10996

Accepted and presented at The Design of Medical Devices Conference (DMD2015), April 13-16, 2015, Minneapolis, MN, USA.

Manuscript received March 3, 2015; final manuscript received March 17, 2015; published online April 24, 2015. Editor: Arthur Erdman.

J. Med. Devices 9(2), 020940 (Jun 01, 2015) (2 pages) Paper No: MED-15-1133; doi: 10.1115/1.4030147 History: Received March 03, 2015; Revised March 17, 2015; Online April 24, 2015

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Work exerted by the hip, knee, and ankle during level walking (reprinted from [5])

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Magnified sketch of fibers (reprinted from [6])

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Proposed design alternative (photograph taken by author, Fall 2014)



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