Modeling and simulation of upper brachial plexus injury

Destarac Eguizabal, Marie Andre and García Cena, Cecilia Elisabet and Saltaren Pazmiño, Roque Jacinto and Reyes Urbina, Monica J. and Lopez Lopez, Javier and Espinoza Gomez, Ricardo (2016). Modeling and simulation of upper brachial plexus injury. "IEEE Systems Journal", v. 10 (n. 3); pp. 912-921. ISSN 1932-8184.


Title: Modeling and simulation of upper brachial plexus injury
  • Destarac Eguizabal, Marie Andre
  • García Cena, Cecilia Elisabet
  • Saltaren Pazmiño, Roque Jacinto
  • Reyes Urbina, Monica J.
  • Lopez Lopez, Javier
  • Espinoza Gomez, Ricardo
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: IEEE Systems Journal
Date: September 2016
ISSN: 1932-8184
Volume: 10
Freetext Keywords: Animation; Force; Modeling; Rehabilitation robotics; Simulation.
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Diseño Industrial (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería Eléctrica, Electrónica Automática y Física Aplicada
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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This paper presents the first musculoskeletal model and simulation of upper plexus brachial injury. From this model is possible to analyse forces and movement ranges in order to develop a robotic exoskeleton to improve rehabilitation. The software that currently exists for musculoskeletal modeling is varied and most have advanced features for proper analysis and study of motion simulations. Whilst more powerful computer packages are usually expensive, there are other free and open source packages available which offer different tools to perform animations and simulations and which obtain forces and moments of inertia. Among them, Musculoskeletal Modeling Software was selected to construct a model of the upper limb, which has 7 degrees of freedom and 10 muscles. These muscles are important for two of the movements simulated in this article that are part of the post-surgery rehabilitation protocol. We performed different movement animations which are made using the inertial measurement unit to capture real data from movements made by a human being. We also performed the simulation of forces produced in elbow flexion-extension and arm abduction-adduction of a healthy subject and one with upper brachial plexus injury in a postoperative state to compare the force that is capable of being produced in both cases.

Funding Projects

Government of SpainDPI2009-08778CICYTRoque Saltaren (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid)Investigación en navegación vectorial y control de manipulación cooperativa de robots parapelos ROVS
Madrid Regional GovernmentS2009/DPI-1559ROBOCITY2030-IIUnspecifiedRobots de servicios para la mejora de la calidad de vida de los ciudadanos en áreas metropolitanas. Fase II. (RoboCity2030-II)

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Item ID: 40703
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DOI: 10.1109/JSYST.2014.2387426
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Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 01 Jun 2016 18:00
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2018 08:20
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