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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Study of the different types of actuators and mechanisms for upper limb prostheses
Author: Cura, VOD
Cunha, FL
Aguiar, ML
Cliquet, A
Abstract: Research in the area of actuators and mechanisms has shown steadily growing technological advances in externally activated upper limb prostheses. From among the actuators, advances include the use of piezoelectric materials, special metal alloys, polymers, and new motor applications, while the advances in mechanisms include mechanical designs based on the anatomy of the human hand and improvements in the way these components are combined. These efforts are aimed at meeting the need for anthropomorphic and functional prosthetic devices that enable patients to carry out basic daily tasks more easily and reduce the rejection rate of prostheses. This article technically discusses the several types of actuators and mechanisms, listing their main characteristics, applications, and advantages and disadvantages, and the current state of research in the area of rehabilitation of upper limb functions through the use of active prostheses. Comparisons of these devices are made with regard to the main criteria of construction and operation required to achieve optimal prosthetic performance.
Subject: upper limb prostheses
myoelectric prostheses
hand prostheses
artificial hand
Country: EUA
Editor: Blackwell Publishing Inc
Citation: Artificial Organs. Blackwell Publishing Inc, v. 27, n. 6, n. 507, n. 516, 2003.
Rights: fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.1046/j.1525-1594.2003.07000.x
Date Issue: 2003
Appears in Collections:Unicamp - Artigos e Outros Documentos

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