Design of Biomedical Soft Robotic Device for Lower Limbs Mechanical Muscle Rehabilitation and Electrochemical Monitoring under Reduced-Gravity Space Environment

Victor Ticllacuri, Jose Cornejo, Niels Castrejon, Aurora B. Diaz, Katherine Hinostroza, Devjoy Dev, Yen Kai Chen, Paul Palacios, Walter Castillo, Mariela Vargas, Jorge A. Cornejo-Aguilar, Juan Montalvan, Avid Roman-Gonzalez

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Abstract

Space travel is one of humanity's most fantastic aspirations. However, space is the most dangerous environment due to extreme conditions. Reduced-gravity generates disuse muscle atrophy and impaired blood circulation in lower limbs. Therefore, this paper proposes a new biomedical soft robotic system to improve muscle development and promote blood circulation by applying energetically efficient mechanical stimulation to the soft tissues of the astronaut's lower limb and, additionally, to monitor their performance by cotton-based carbon nanotubes biosensors. The computational mechanical simulations performed show a maximum increase in energy optimisation of 89% and a maximum safety factor of 2.75. These preliminary results suggest an increase in the efficiency and safety of the soft robotic device.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 IEEE URUCON, URUCON 2021
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages227-231
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781665424431
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes
Event2021 IEEE URUCON, URUCON 2021 - Montevideo, Uruguay
Duration: 24 Nov 202126 Nov 2021

Publication series

Name2021 IEEE URUCON, URUCON 2021

Conference

Conference2021 IEEE URUCON, URUCON 2021
Country/TerritoryUruguay
CityMontevideo
Period24/11/2126/11/21

Keywords

  • Biomechatronics
  • Biosensors
  • Medical Robot
  • Muscle Stimulation
  • Reduced-Gravity
  • Soft Robotics
  • Space Travel

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