Salford’s research on Prosthetic Design includes work on both upper-limb and lower-limb devices. Our work on lower-limb prostheses has included:
Evaluation of a novel self-aligning hydraulic ankle;
Work on energy inefficiency in amputee gait, including the design and simulation of a novel prosthetic ankle which uses miniature hydraulics, rather than batteries, to store and return energy during gait;
The development of a new framework to enable a paradigm shift in prosthesis design.
Our work on upper-limb prostheses focuses on two quite different problems:
The design of body-powered prostheses for Low to Middle Income Countries (LMICs);
Solving the socket motion artefact problem that causes false activations of myoelectric prosthetic hands.
Industrial collaborators include Blatchford Ltd, COVVI, and Fillauer/TRS.
Click the links below to learn more about projects in this area.