[Univ of Cambridge] [Dept of Engineering]

Modelling the articulation of the human elbow joint


Phil Huang


The elbow is often ignored by professionals who idealise and simplify its motion.  It is advantageous to commence research on the elbow because of the simplicity in degrees of freedom and complexity during rotation.  Modelling the articulations of the human elbow joint serves as the initial step in reproducing the human upper limb.  This project lays the foundation by creating precise physical and virtual models.  Understanding the articulations offers insight into function and movement.  Current virtual modelling techniques are lacking in harmonisation and congruence.  Virtual models must adhere to acceptable formats and be easily importable.  Physical models must be created with simplicity and allow variety in manufacturing methods.  Structural testing can then be performed on the models with relative ease.  This project aims to produce accurate models that can be manipulated within their respective environments through:

The ongoing purpose of this project is to reproduce the entire upper limb to replicate function and motion.  The results will contribute to improved prosthetic design and advanced rehabilitation for patients with limited upper limb mobility. 

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