QUT ePrints

A robust design procedure for improvement of quality of lower-limb prosthesis

Chen, Nian-Zhong, Lee, Winson C.C., & Zhang, Ming (2006) A robust design procedure for improvement of quality of lower-limb prosthesis. Bio-Medical Materials and Engineering, 16(5), pp. 309-318.

Abstract

Lower-limb prostheses are used to restore amputee's walking. Monolimb is one of the designs referring to socket and the shank moulded into one piece of thermoplastic material. Appropriate shank flexibility of a monolimb can improve gait of an amputee. However, during the fabrication, the variations of design variables are inevitably produced which may lead the unexpected shank deflection and directly influence on gait efficiency of an amputee. This paper presents a robust design procedure for improvement of quality of the monolimb by simultaneously minimizing performance variations caused by variations in design variables and bringing the mean value of performance on target. The robust design procedure embodies the integration of response surface methodology with genetic algorithms. Response surface models are developed for the responses of monolimb as functions of design variables over the region of interest and genetic algorithms are employed to find the robust solution. A robust design of monolimb is performed for an amputee subject and the results show that the robust design can design a "robust" monolimb which provides specified performance targets that are minimally sensitive to the variations of deesign variables. This indicates that robust design may have the potential application in improving the quality of the prescribed prosthesis.

Impact and interest:

2 citations in Scopus
Search Google Scholar™
2 citations in Web of Science®

Citation countsare sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

Full-text downloads:

183 since deposited on 11 Oct 2006
25 in the past twelve months

Full-text downloadsdisplays the total number of times this work’s files (e.g., a PDF) have been downloaded from QUT ePrints as well as the number of downloads in the previous 365 days. The count includes downloads for all files if a work has more than one.

ID Code: 4897
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional URLs:
ISSN: 0959-2989
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING (090300) > Rehabilitation Engineering (090305)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 IOS Press
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 11 Oct 2006
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2011 04:37

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page