a. Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran
b. Department of Mechanical Engineering Hakim Sabzevari University, Sabzevar, Iran
c. Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran
d. Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran
In this paper, modelling and control of an elastic actuator are investigated. First, the required performance of the actuator is determined and then a model of the actuator is proposed. Further, a control algorithm is presented to meet the required performance specifications. A speed feedback and a PI controller are utilized. Moreover, a PID controller is used to control the actuator output torque. Experimental tests are performed on the actuator to validate the actuator performance. First, an accuracy evaluation test is performed on the actuator to calibrate the torque measured by the spring. The results exhibit the spring’s linear characteristics and the capability of torque measurement. Second, the bandwidth of the actuator is measured through sinusoidal input. The results show that the actuator is capable of delivering the required torque in the frequency range of rehabilitation. Third, an impedance measurement test is performed on the actuator indicating that it is capable of exerting the lowest and or highest resistance on patient movement if required. As a result, it is shown that the proposed actuator can satisfy the whole rehabilitation requirements appropriately.