Temperature measurement and control system for transtibial prostheses: functional evaluation.

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Ghoseiri, Kamiar, Zheng, Yong Ping, Leung, Aaron K L, Rahgozar, Mehdi, Aminian, Gholamreza, Lee, Tat Hing and Safari, Reza 2016. Temperature measurement and control system for transtibial prostheses: functional evaluation. Assistive technology : the official journal of RESNA. https://doi.org/10.1080/10400435.2016.1225850
AuthorsGhoseiri, Kamiar, Zheng, Yong Ping, Leung, Aaron K L, Rahgozar, Mehdi, Aminian, Gholamreza, Lee, Tat Hing and Safari, Reza
Abstract

The accumulation of heat inside the prosthetic socket increases skin temperature and fosters perspiration, which consequently leads to high tissue stress, friction blister, discomfort, unpleasant odor, and decreased prosthesis suspension and use. In the present study, the prototype of a temperature measurement and control (TM&C) system was designed, fabricated, and functionally evaluated in a phantom model of the transtibial prosthetic socket. The TM&C system was comprised of 12 thermistors divided equally into two groups that arranged internal and external to a prosthetic silicone liner. Its control system was programmed to select the required heating or cooling function of a thermal pump to provide thermal equilibrium based on the amount of temperature difference from a defined set temperature, or the amount of difference between the mean temperature recorded by inside and outside thermistors. A thin layer of aluminum was used for thermal conduction between the thermal pump and different sites around the silicone liner. The results showed functionality of the TM&C system for thermoregulation inside the prosthetic socket. However, enhancing the structure of this TM&C system, increasing its thermal power, and decreasing its weight and cost are main priorities before further development.

Keywordsheat; perspiration; prosthetic socket; residual limb; skin; thermoregulatory system; transtibial amputation
Year2016
JournalAssistive technology : the official journal of RESNA
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN1949-3614
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/10400435.2016.1225850
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/623514
hdl:10545/623514
Publication dates14 Nov 2016
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Accepted14 Aug 2016
ContributorsUniversity of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences
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