Dynamic exoskeleton : mechanical design of a human exoskeleton to enhance maximum dynamic performance
Author(s)Tims, Jacob (Jacob F.)
Mechanical design of a human exoskeleton to enhance maximum dynamic performance
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering.
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An exoskeleton was designed with the primary goal of enhancing the maximum dynamic capability of a human, thus allowing the user to run faster, jump higher, or traverse challenging terrain. This paper presents the mechanical design of an alpha prototype with a focus on increasing the maximum vertical jump height of a human. High torque motors were constrained to the body with two degrees of freedom using carbon fiber, aluminum, and other lightweight materials. The exoskeleton actuates the hip joint by comfortably providing force to three points on the body. Human testing showed a maximum increase in jump height of 13%.
Thesis: S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2016.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (page 12).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology