Dynamic modelling and simulation of a cable-driven parallel robot for rehabilitation applications

Sammarchi, Enrico (2019) Dynamic modelling and simulation of a cable-driven parallel robot for rehabilitation applications. [Laurea magistrale], Università di Bologna, Corso di Studio in Ingegneria meccanica [LM-DM270]
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The aim of this work, in collaboration with the ROAR Lab of the Columbia University in the city of New York, is to build a simulation model of a new cable-driven parallel robot for rehabilitation applications, being able to compute the effort given by the patient while the system is working on him/her. The model was built on a multi-body dynamic software called Adams, which is able to simulate the behavior of the mechanism. Some theoretical issues about cable-driven parallel robots will be described, in order to familiarize with the application and introduce the state of the art of the topic. General foundations, dealing with kinematics, statics, dynamics will be detailed and a short introduction to control will be given. In the second chapter, a brief overview of the state of the art regarding rehabilitation cable-driven robotics will be outlined, first dealing with general applications possible to be found in literature, and then introducing the Columbia University work about this particular topic, with several examples and cutting edge devices. The third chapter is about the design description of the Stand Trainer, a 8-cable-driven parallel robot used for rehabilitation. Its mechanical system is introduced, while dealing especially with the issue of computing the cable tensions and the way it can be done in terms of sensors positioning. A new way of tension measurement will be explained. It will take the place of the previous one, bringing several advantages to the system. The last chapter deals with the dynamic simulations on Adams. After having introduced all the simplifications regarding three different models, an accurate description of them will be given and their comparison with the real device will be outlined. The post-process activity will be carried out explaining and discussing the final results. Finally, different points for future developments will be discussed, showing the novelty of this approach for rehabilitative treatments and applications.

Tipologia del documento
Tesi di laurea (Laurea magistrale)
Autore della tesi
Sammarchi, Enrico
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Correlatore della tesi
Corso di studio
Ordinamento Cds
Parole chiave
robots,cable-driven parallel robots,rehabilitation,mechanics,dynamics,statics,kinematics,training,MSC Adams,simulations,force sensors,cables,control,manufacturing,patients
Data di discussione della Tesi
14 Marzo 2019

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