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Knee Angle Measurement Device Using Fiber Bragg Grating Sensor

Pant, Shweta and Umesh, Sharath and Asokan, Sundarrajan (2018) Knee Angle Measurement Device Using Fiber Bragg Grating Sensor. In: IEEE SENSORS JOURNAL, 18 (24). pp. 10034-10040.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/JSEN.2018.2875564


Human joint kinematics has established its capacity as a vital tool for joint pathology and gait analysis. Range of motion (ROM) of a knee joint performed by flexion and extension is an essential tool to assess the efficacy of surgical interventions or therapeutic assessment. This paper proposes a novel wearable device for dynamic measurement of knee joint angle using fiber Bragg grating (FRG) sensor. The proposed knee angle measurement device (KAMD) can transduce the angular movement between the shin and the thigh into strain variations on a cantilever, which is acquired by the FRG sensor over it. The KAMD is also facilitated with tuneable sensitivity with three modes of high sensitivity mode, medium sensitivity mode, and low sensitivity mode, which can be opted based on application specific resolution and range of measurement. The ROM data obtained from the KAMD are validated against ROM obtained from commercially available Polhemus Sensors. Furthermore, the synchronization of the knee joint movement of both legs during walking along with stance and swing phase is illustrated, which shows the ability of KAMD to perform gait analysis. Employment of KAMDs on both legs eliminating the time synchronization complexity makes the proposed FBG-hased KAMD an efficient means to evaluate the knee angle from both legs simultaneously.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to IEEE-INST ELECTRICAL ELECTRONICS ENGINEERS INC
Keywords: Fiber Bragg grating sensor; knee angle measurement device; gait analysis
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Instrumentation Appiled Physics
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2018 11:51
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2018 11:51
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/61213

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