Tremor is a rhythmical and involuntary oscillatory movement of a body part. Mechanical loading via wearable exoskeletons is a non-invasive tremor suppression alternative to medical treatments. In this approach, the challenge is attenuating the tremor without affecting the patient’s intentional motion. An adaptive tremor suppression algorithm was designed to estimate and restrict motion within the tremor frequency band. An experimental setup was designed and developed to simulate the dynamics of a human arm joint with intentional and tremorous motion. The required orthotic suppressive force was applied via a pneumatic cylinder. The algorithm was implemented with a real-time controller and experimental results show tracking of the tremor frequency and a 97% reduction of tremor amplitude at the fundamental frequency.
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Theoretical Development and Experimental Validation of an Adaptive Controller for Tremor Suppression at Musculoskeletal Level
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Taheri, B, Case, D, & Richer, E. "Theoretical Development and Experimental Validation of an Adaptive Controller for Tremor Suppression at Musculoskeletal Level." Proceedings of the ASME 2013 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference. Volume 2: Control, Monitoring, and Energy Harvesting of Vibratory Systems; Cooperative and Networked Control; Delay Systems; Dynamical Modeling and Diagnostics in Biomedical Systems; Estimation and Id of Energy Systems; Fault Detection; Flow and Thermal Systems; Haptics and Hand Motion; Human Assistive Systems and Wearable Robots; Instrumentation and Characterization in Bio-Systems; Intelligent Transportation Systems; Linear Systems and Robust Control; Marine Vehicles; Nonholonomic Systems. Palo Alto, California, USA. October 21–23, 2013. V002T22A005. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/DSCC2013-3954
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