The prototype of a thermoregulatory system for measurement and control of temperature inside prosthetic socket

Kamiar Ghoseiri, Yongping Zheng, Louis Lee Tat Hing, Mohammad Reza Safari, Kam Lun Leung

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Abstract

Background and aim: Thermal related problems with prostheses are common complaints of amputee people. This article aims to introduce a thermoregulatory technique as a potential solution for those problems in prostheses wearers. Technique: A smart thermoregulatory system was designed, manufactured, and installed on a phantom model of a prosthetic socket. It captured temperature data from 16 sensors positioned at the interface between the phantom model and a silicone liner and used their average for comparison with a defined set temperature to select required heating or cooling functions for thermal equilibrium. A thin layer of Aluminum was used to transfer temperature between thermal pump and different sites around the phantom model. Discussion: The feasibility of this thermoregulatory technique was confirmed by its ability to provide thermal equilibrium. Further investigations to improve the design of thermoregulatory system are necessary including temperature transfer element and power consumption based on thermal capacity and thermal inertia of the residual limb. Clinical relevance The smart thermoregulatory system by providing thermal equilibrium between two sides of a prosthetic silicone liner can control residual limb skin temperature and sweating. Consequently, it can improve quality of life in amputee people.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)751-755
Number of pages5
JournalProsthetics and Orthotics International
Volume40
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016

Keywords

  • Amputee
  • artificial limbs
  • prosthetic design
  • skin temperature
  • sweating
  • thermoregulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Rehabilitation

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