Upper-Limb Exoskeleton Design for Firefighter

Giorgioni, Sara (2022) Upper-Limb Exoskeleton Design for Firefighter. [Laurea magistrale], Università di Bologna, Corso di Studio in Aerospace engineering / ingegneria aerospaziale [LM-DM270] - Forli', Documento full-text non disponibile
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Every day, firefighters are involved in emergency response tasks, which are both physically and psychologically exhausting. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the number of firefighters who are injured or die while performing their job is incredibly high. When firefighters are injured, they must follow a rehabilitation therapy program to physically recover and depending on the severity of their injuries they may not fully recuperate at all. If they sustain a permanent injury that they cannot recover from, they may be out of work for the rest of their career. This research focuses on studying and developing a special device, known as an exoskeleton, aimed at assisting and preventing potential injuries among firefighters. Nowadays, the usage of human exoskeletons is becoming more common in a variety of fields. In fact, it is currently being researched and developed for soldiers, athletes, and critical care patients around the world. Most of the existing exoskeletons have been developed for the assistance of the lower human body. The research that I have done in my thesis instead relates to mobility of the upper body. Many of the existing exoskeletons have been analyzed and compared to each other and the human body, such as the study of human arm parts and their movements around three principal joints: shoulder, elbow, and wrist. The correct design of the shoulder exoskeleton join is still a big challenge for designers because of the complexity of biomechanical human movements. The exoskeleton must fit perfectly to the human body, otherwise it could be harmful for both the recovery and the safety of the user. The goal of this thesis is to design an upper-body arm exoskeleton worn by firefighters and develop and test a PID control system to prevent the risk of injuries while performing their job.

Tipologia del documento
Tesi di laurea (Laurea magistrale)
Autore della tesi
Giorgioni, Sara
Relatore della tesi
Correlatore della tesi
Corso di studio
Ordinamento Cds
Parole chiave
Exoskeleton, design, upper body, PID control
Data di discussione della Tesi
14 Luglio 2022

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