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From: A biologically-inspired multi-joint soft exosuit that can reduce the energy cost of loaded walking

Fig. 2

Suit-human series stiffness. This schematic illustrates the mapping between the cable position and the applied external force at the ankle [24]. The three panels on the left describe the effect of the suit-human series stiffness on force generation. The motor pulls on a Bowden cable thus regulating its position across the gait cycle (top panel). This position is transformed into a force on the wearer through the suit-human series stiffness, a non-linear relationship between the force measured at the ankle and the cable position of the motor (middle panel) that is due to the presence of series elastic elements. These elements include cable stretch, soft tissue compression and textile stretch. A force-based feedback loop in the control system ensures the application of a consistent force profile (bottom panel) accounting for the little variations applied by the suit-human series stiffness [24]. The description of the present schematic is relative to the multiarticular load path but an analogous behavior is present in the monoarticular load path

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