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Bos, R.A. (author), Plettenburg, D.H. (author), Herder, J.L. (author)
While designing a dynamic hand orthosis to assist during activities of daily living, the designer has to know whether a concept will have sufficient grasp performance to support these activities. This is often estimated by measuring the interaction force at the contact interface. However, this requires a prototyping step and limits the...
journal article 2019
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Hichert, M. (author), Vardy, A.N. (author), Plettenburg, D.H. (author)
Background: Body-powered prostheses require cable operation forces between 33 and 131 N. The accepted upper limit for fatigue-free long-duration operation is 20% of a users’ maximum cable operation force. However, no information is available on users’ maximum force. Objectives: To quantify users’ maximum cable operation force and to relate...
journal article 2018
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Bos, R.A. (author), Nizamis, Kostas (author), Plettenburg, D.H. (author), Herder, J.L. (author)
People with Duchenne muscular dystrophy are currently in need of assistive robotics to improve their hand function and have a better quality of life. However, none of the available active hand orthoses is able to address to their specific needs. In this study, the use of hydraulic technology is proposed in the design of an active hand...
conference paper 2018
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Hichert, M. (author), Plettenburg, D.H. (author)
Background: Body-powered prosthesis users frequently complain about the poor cosmesis and comfort of the traditional shoulder harness. The Ipsilateral Scapular Cutaneous Anchor System offers an alternative, but it remains unclear to what extent it affects the perception and control of cable operation forces compared to the traditional shoulder...
journal article 2017
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Maat (student), B.B. (author), Smit, G. (author), Plettenburg, D.H. (author), Breedveld, P. (author)
The group of passive prostheses consists of prosthetic hands and prosthetic tools. These can either be static or adjustable. Limited research and development on passive prostheses has been performed although many people use these prosthesis types. Although some publications describe passive prostheses, no recent review of the peer-reviewed...
review 2017
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Bos, R.A. (author), Plettenburg, D.H. (author)
The addition of a cosmetic glove to an upper limb prosthesis has a distinct effect on the cosmetic value, but its viscoelastic behaviour adds a substantial amount of stiffness and hysteresis to the system. As a result, the overall usability of the prosthesis is degraded. A novel negative stiffness element is designed to compensate for the...
journal article 2017
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Bos, R.A. (author), Plettenburg, D.H. (author), Herder, J.L. (author)
This study does not describe a success-story. Instead, it describes an exploratory process and the lessons learned while designing a compliant mechanism for a dynamic hand orthosis. Tools from engineering optimization and rapid prototyping techniques were used, with the goal to design a mechanism to compensate for hypertonic or contracted finger...
conference paper 2017
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Hichert, M. (author), Abbink, D.A. (author), Kyberd, P.J. (author), Plettenburg, D.H. (author)
Background It is generally asserted that reliable and intuitive control of upper-limb prostheses requires adequate feedback of prosthetic finger positions and pinch forces applied to objects. Bodypowered prostheses (BPPs) provide the user with direct proprioceptive feedback. Currently available BPPs often require high cable operation forces,...
journal article 2017
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Bos, R.A. (author), Haarman, CJW (author), Stortelder, T. (author), Nizamis, K (author), Herder, J.L. (author), Stienen, AHA (author), Plettenburg, D.H. (author)
The development of dynamic hand orthoses is a fast-growing field of research and has resulted in many different devices. A large and diverse solution space is formed by the various mechatronic components which are used in these devices. They are the result of making complex design choices within the constraints imposed by the application, the...
journal article 2016
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Huinnk, L.H.B. (author), Bouwsema, H. (author), Plettenburg, D.H. (author), van der Sluis, C.K. (author), Bongers, R.M. (author)
Background: Little is known about action-perception learning processes underlying prosthetic skills in body-powered prosthesis users. Body-powered prostheses are controlled through a harness connected by a cable that might provide for limited proprioceptive feedback. This study aims to test transfer of training basic tasks to functional tasks...
journal article 2016
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Haverkate, L. (author), Smit, G. (author), Plettenburg, D.H. (author)
Study Design: Experimental trial. Background: The functional performance of currently available body-powered prostheses is unknown. Objective: The goal of this study was to objectively assess and compare the functional performance of three commonly used body-powered upper limb terminal devices. Methods: Twenty-one able-bodied subjects (n=21, age...
journal article 2014
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Smit, G. (author), Plettenburg, D.H. (author), Van der Helm, F.C.T. (author)
Rejection rates of upper limb prostheses are high (23-45%). Amputees indicate that the highest design priority should be reduction of the mass of the prosthetic device. Despite all efforts, the mass of the new prosthetic hands is 35-73% higher than that of older hands. Furthermore current hands are thicker than a human hand, they operate slower...
journal article 2014
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Hichert, M. (author), Plettenburg, D.H. (author), Vardy, A.N. (author)
Users of body powered prostheses (BPP) complain about too high operating forces, leading to pain and/or fatigue during or after prosthetic operation. In the worst case nerve and vessel damage can occur [1, 2], leading to nonuse of prostheses. Smit et al. investigated cable forces and displacements required to operate commercially available...
conference paper 2014
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Smit, G. (author), Plettenburg, D.H. (author), Van der Helm, F.C. (author)
The goal of this study was to find an efficient method of energy transmission for application in an anthropomorphic underactuated body-powered (BP) prosthetic hand. A pulley-cable finger and a hydraulic cylinder finger were designed and tested to compare the pulley-cable transmission principle with the hydraulic cylinder transmission principle....
journal article 2014
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Smit, G. (author), Plettenburg, D.H. (author)
Current articulating electric and body-powered hands have a lower pinch force (15–34 N) than electric hands with stiff fingers (55–100 N). The cosmetic glove, which covers a hand prosthesis, negatively affects the mechanical efficiency of a prosthesis. The goal of this study is to mechanically compare polyvinylchloride (PVC) and silicone...
journal article 2013
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Smit, G. (author), Bongers, R.M. (author), Van der Sluis, C.K. (author), Plettenburg, D.H. (author)
Quantitative data on the mechanical performance of upper-limb prostheses are very important in prostheses development and selection. The primary goal of this study was to objectively evaluate the mechanical performance of adult-size voluntary opening (VO) prosthetic terminal devices and select the best tested device. A second goal was to see...
journal article 2012
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Smit, G. (author), Plettenburg, D.H. (author)
The Delft Institute of Prosthetics and Orthotics has started a research program to develop an improved voluntary closing, body-powered hand prosthesis. Five commercially available voluntary closing terminal devices were mechanically tested: three hands [Hosmer APRL VC hand, Hosmer Soft VC Male hand, Otto Bock 8K24] and two hooks [Hosmer APRL VC...
journal article 2010
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Minnoye, A.L.M. (author), Plettenburg, D.H. (author)
Snowboarding with a below-knee prosthesis is compromised by the limited rotation capabilities of the existing below-knee prostheses, which are designed for use in normal walking. Based on snowboarding range of motion analyses, a novel below-knee prosthesis was designed with the aim to achieve similar range of motions like able-bodied...
journal article 2010
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Plettenburg, D.H. (author)
doctoral thesis 2002
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Herder, J.L. (author), Cool, J.C. (author), Plettenburg, D.H. (author)
For cosmetic reasons, hand prostheses are provided with cosmetic gloves. Their pleasing appearance, however, is accompanied by poor mechanical behavior, resulting in a negative influence on prosthesis operation. Glove stiffness is high and nonlinear, and internal friction in the glove material causes energy dissipation (hysteresis). In this...
journal article 1998
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