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A New Actuator With Adjustable Stiffness Based on a Variable Ratio Lever Mechanism

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4 Author(s)
Jafari, A. ; Dept. of Mech. & Process Eng., Swiss Fed. Inst. of Technol., Zurich, Switzerland ; Tsagarakis, N.G. ; Sardellitti, I. ; Caldwell, D.G.

This paper presents the actuator with adjustable stiffness (AwAS-II), an enhanced version of the original realization AwAS. This new variable stiffness actuator significantly differs from its predecessor on the mechanism used for the stiffness regulation. While AwAS tunes the stiffness by regulating the position of the compliant elements along the lever arm, AwAS-II changes the position of the lever's pivot point. As a result of the new principle, AwAS-II can change the stiffness in a much broader range (from zero to infinity) even by using softer springs and shorter lever arm, compared to AwAS. This makes the setup of AwAS-II more compact and lighter and improves the stiffness regulation response. To evaluate the aptitude of the fast stiffness adjustment, experiments on reproducing the stiffness profile of the human ankle during the stance phase of a normal walking gait are conducted. Results indicate that AwAS-II is capable of reproducing an interpolated stiffness profile of the ankle while providing a net positive work and thus a sufficient amount of energy as required for the toe-off.

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Mechatronics, IEEE/ASME Transactions on  (Volume:19 ,  Issue: 1 )