P10029: Process Development for Simulating and Controlling Biomimetic Systems


Project Summary Administrative Information

This project (P10029) builds on the first four generations of Air Muscle powered robotic device projects.

Project Family Overview: Overall Project Family Objective Statement / History

The Fall/Winter 2009 multidisciplinary team will design and implement controls software that can be applied to both physical and virtual prototypes. The virtual prototype to be controlled will be developed using SolidWorks and the LabVIEW SoftMotion tool kit. This iteration will improve on previous project iterations by incorporating closed loop feedback to ensure motion accuracy and using kinematic computer modeling to transition from qualitative to quantitative characterization of the system.

Once the relations between virtual and physical models are better understood, future projects can work primarily virtual. This advancement allows for flexibility in designs that can not be manufactured due to cost, time, size, or technology.

P10029: Project Goal

The overall project goal is to produce a research platform that implements a controls system capable of driving both physical and virtual prototypes. This platform will be utilized by future MSD teams and graduate students in Dr. Lamkin-Kennard's laboratory in their pursuit towards pneumatically driven scalable robotic hand devices or as a test platform for development of assistive exoskeletal devices.

Project Name
Process Development for Simulating and Controlling Biomimetic Systems
Project Number
Project Family
Assistive Devices
Project Track
Biomedical Systems and Technologies
Start Term
Fall 2009
End Term
Winter 2009
Faculty Guide
Dr. Lamkin-Kennard (M.E.)
Faculty Consultant
Ed Hanzlik (M.E.)
Primary Customer
Dr. Lamkin-Kennard (KGCOE)
Team Members
  • Zachary Wessner (M.E.) : : Project Lead
  • Jaci Tylkowski (M.E.) : : Lead Engineer
  • Kevin Mudrak (M.E.)
  • Mark Wood (M.E.)
  • Tuan Tran (E.E.)
  • Alex Bean (I.S.E)

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