Chapter 24. Dynamic Splint-Like Hand Orthosis for Finger Rehabilitation

  1. Federico Carpi1 and
  2. Elisabeth Smela2
  1. Federico Carpi,
  2. Andrea Mannini and
  3. Danilo De Rossi

Published Online: 20 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470744697.ch24

Biomedical Applications of Electroactive Polymer Actuators

Biomedical Applications of Electroactive Polymer Actuators

How to Cite

Carpi, F., Mannini, A. and De Rossi, D. (2009) Dynamic Splint-Like Hand Orthosis for Finger Rehabilitation, in Biomedical Applications of Electroactive Polymer Actuators (eds F. Carpi and E. Smela), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470744697.ch24

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Interdepartmental Research Centre “E. Piaggio”, School of Engineering, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy

  2. 2

    Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, USA

Author Information

  1. Interdepartmental Research Centre “E. Piaggio”, School of Engineering, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 17 APR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470773055

Online ISBN: 9780470744697

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Keywords:

  • hand splints;
  • post-trauma immobilizations;
  • passive dynamic hand splints;
  • pneumatic actuators;
  • electromagnetic DC motors;
  • elastomer layers;
  • application-orientated developments;
  • MRI-compatible properties;
  • real-time pattern discrimination and classification

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Passive Dynamic Hand Splints: State of the Art

  • Active Dynamic Hand Splints: State of the Art

  • Proposed Concept: Dynamic Splint Equipped with Dielectric Elastomer Actuators

  • Splint Mechanics

  • Dimensioning of the Actuators

  • Prototype Splint

  • Performance of the Prototype Splint

  • Future Developments

  • Conclusions

  • References