A Complete Robotic Knee As a Tool for a Better Understanding of Joint Dynamics

Lead Research Organisation: Imperial College London
Department Name: Dept of Mechanical Engineering


It is proposed that current understanding of knee mechanics could be greatly improved by using advanced robotic tools to simulate the mechanics of the joint. The project aim is to build a complete anthropologically accurate robotic model of the knee complete with actuators to simulate muscles and sensor arrays to measure joint position and forces. The model will be used to explore a number of areas, however, a particular focus will be put on the ligaments within the joint in order to explore their role in improving both the control of the system and forces required to produce a particular response. The system will also have applications in the preclinical testing of implant designs for knee arthroplasty as a more accurate and rapid method than existing preclinical practises.


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Russell F (2018) A biomimicking design for mechanical knee joints. in Bioinspiration & biomimetics

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Russell F (2017) Challenges in using compliant ligaments for position estimation within robotic joints. in IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics : [proceedings]

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Russell F (2020) The Impact of ACL Laxity on a Bicondylar Robotic Knee and Implications in Human Joint Biomechanics. in IEEE transactions on bio-medical engineering

Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/N509486/1 01/10/2016 31/03/2022
1790878 Studentship EP/N509486/1 03/10/2016 02/04/2020 Felix Russell