A pilot study comparing the performance of the microprocessor-controlled RHEO knee and the 3R80 hydraulic knee

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Awarding institution
  • University of Strathclyde
Date of award
  • 2012
Thesis identifier
  • T13254
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  • This project studied the performance of two prosthetic systems utilising different technology. There is a lack of independent studies investigating the performance of microprocessor controlled knees, which supports manufacturers' claims, that microprocessor controlled knees improve gait for trans-femoral amputees. The intention of this project was to provide independent information about the performance of microprocessor controlled knee. That was done by comparing the mechanical knee joint, 3R80, and the microprocessor controlled RHEO knee. Performance tests were implemented and data was collected for one trans-femoral amputee using the prostheses in imitated "real life situations". The results did show advantage and better performance of the microprocessor controlled knee for two out of three circumstances the knees were tested in. Also the feedback from the subject supports manufacturers' claims that microprocessor controlled knees enhance smoother and more natural gait.
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Date Created
  • 2012
Former identifier
  • 948107