The use of robot systems in biomechanical research (SABio)

Multi-axis robot systems open up a wealth of research topics in the field of biomechanics. The combination of special mechatronic design and modern control methods enables these systems to execute precise spatial movements while simultaneously applying forces to specimens for biological joints such as a knee joint. Industrial robots and a robot system specially developed for these applications are used in the Robotics Laboratory. The robots adapt their movements quickly and automatically to the individual biomechanical characteristics of a biological joint. Intuitive interfaces allow the user to draw inferences about the biomechanical properties of a joint specimen, such as how it moves, and about its alteration over time during the test. In future, precisely implemented test scenarios will allow us to study the quality of implants, different ways of fixing implants in the human body and their influences on the biomechanical properties of human joints. The movement and load profiles which are applied to human joints for the purpose of study range from day-to-day situations such as walking on level ground or climbing stairs, to strains caused by sporting activity or an accident. The robot system that has been developed in the laboratory allows the targeted introduction of indications and traumas to the joint specimens under investigation.

  • Projekt 1: Use of a KUKA industrial robot for applying physiological loads to biological joint specimens
  • Project 2: Development of algorithms and methods for our internally developed robot test system SixAx for use in biomechanical research