Evaluating and measuring mechanical stress on products worn on the human body such as orthoses, prostheses, shoes or other technical systems is a highly complex issue. Realistic testing requires an in-depth understanding of user behavior as well as of the test equipment implemented.
The group “Applied Biomechanics” focuses on optimizing current test methods as well as on developing new complex dynamic test systems for evaluating the mechanical function of single components or complete products. The tests are performed on customer request.
To measure simple stresses, we perform tension / compression / 3-point bending tests. Force and position controlled tests are carried out on prostheses, orthoses, as well as shoes with a testing machine according to ISO 22675 and ISO 16955.
To simulate complex 3D motion profiles, we use a 6-axis robot. Individual human motion data and forces, which are recorded in our motion lab, are used for programming the robotic system. As a result, the robot can realistically emulate human motion patterns in a force- and position-controlled manner.