Date of Award

1-1-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S.

Department

Mechatronics Systems Engineering

First Advisor

Kimon P. Valavanis, Ph.D.

Keywords

Electromyography, Vibration Motor, Prosthetic Hand

Abstract

A cost-effective five-finger prosthetic hand is designed from aluminum, modeled and controlled using surface Electromyography (EMG) signals, which are obtained from the human body. Force sensors are used to control required forces needed to grasp and pick objects. A prototype hand is developed and it is experimentally tested to reproduce a wide spectrum of human hand motions. The size of the five-finger hand is similar to an adult male human hand, and it is capable of reproducing most of movements. Each finger has the same number of links as the real/human hand. Each finger also has a force sensor used to sense applied forces to the fingertip, subsequently dictating to the amputee to take specific actions. By using a vibration motor, the amputee knows if any ‘object’ is in touch with the prosthetic hand. Compared to other existing (and more expensive hands that include biotic sensors and smart motors), it is shown and it is experimentally validated that this cost-effective prosthetic five-finger hand is durable, strong, and capable of reproducing hand motions.

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Provenance

Received from ProQuest

Rights holder

Mohammad Yahya Almuhanna

File size

121 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Engineering

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