Universität Innsbruck

Concept, integration and validation of sensors to quantify support torque and interaction forces of exoskeletons

sensor technology | data analysis | experimentell

Motivation

In cooperation with the Austrian Space Forum and the Institute of Sport Science we develop a fatigue simulation system (FaR SiDE - Simulation System for Fatigue, Recovery and physical Stress in Demanding Environments). The Austrian Space Forum is performing Analog Missions in remote areas to improve concepts, methods and technical inventions for future manned Mars-Missions. Extra vehicular activities (EVA), where astronauts have to leave a controlled environment, are considered critical stages in such missions. An accurate monitoring of biomedical parameters is inevitable. A simulation of physiological responses manifesting the level of fatigue during the planned tasks of an EVA would be a highly beneficial planning and organization tool to lower the health risks of astronauts. To quantify the biomechanical loads produced by the exoskeletons in the suits is an important step in the early phase of this project.

Objective and aims
  • Developing different concepts to quantify the acute biomechanical effects of a passive exoskeleton

  • Implementing an appropriate concept for passive exoskeletons of the AoudaX spacesuit simulator

  • Validating the work with reliable objective test measurements

Contentual focus

Human factors science

Mechanical engineering

Electrical engineering

Informatics

Human movement science

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experimental

constructive / conceptual

methodical / theoretical

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Previous knowlegde and interests
  • Creativity, ambition and commitment
  • Interest in sensor technology and exoskeletons
  • Basic knowledge in data analysis

Contact

Benjamin Reimeir M.Sc.   
Research assistant

Telefon  +43 512 507-62807
E-Mail     benjamin.reimeir@uibk.ac.at

Technikerstrasse 13, 6020 Innsbruck  


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