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Finding the missing link

Zwol, C. van (2015) Finding the missing link. Bachelor's Thesis, Biology.

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Abstract

Walking is a complex process, unfortunately not all people are able to perform this process as desired. In some cases and Ankle-Foot Orthoses (AFO) is prescribed. During the current process, there are situations where there is little to no availability of AFO’s and their properties, making it very hard to prescribe the optimal orthosis. In this paper, the key aspect is solving the situation where there is little to no availability of available AFO’s or AFO-sole combinations during assessment. The goal is to delete this limitation by designing an Adjustable Orthosis Prescription Tool (ADOPT), which will give unlimited trial and error with many adjustability’s in both size and resistance during assessment so ensure the optimal AFO can be prescribed. Since there is an available prototype, the process is focussed on redesigning this prototype. Key aspects of the current prototype were needed improvements for the heel cup, the weight of the ADOPT, internal rotation of the two shafts and the range of calf circumferences that could fit in, while positive points were the adjustability, ankle axis alignment and the hinge used. In this paper is worked through three synthesis phases in order to make a design that will realise the goal as much as possible. In synthesis I many ideas get put on paper and rated at the end so only three concepts remain. In synthesis II the three chosen ideas are detailed and analysed more precisely, after which the final product is chosen and worked out in synthesis III.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Degree programme: Biology
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 08:06
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 08:06
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/13036

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