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Design of a Control System for an Elbow Joint Motion Simulator

Schimoler, Patrick John (2008) Design of a Control System for an Elbow Joint Motion Simulator. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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An elbow joint motion simulator provides the ability to derive various measures from cadaveric elbow specimens such as the kinematic effects of radial head prostheses and ligament strains. To ensure that the data collected is meaningful, the system must be able actuate the elbow through chosen displacements in a repeatable manner. A control system is developed in this thesis capable of performing this task. Linear positioners which create motion by applying loads through the brachialis, triceps, biceps, and pronator teres move the arm through flexion / extension or pronation / supination movements. Sensors measure loading and displacement states enabling the use of proportional-integral-derivative feedback control. Results indicate the system's capability. Suggestions for future work are given.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Schimoler, Patrick
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairVipperman, Jeffrey Sjsv@pitt.eduJSV
Committee MemberBudny, Daniel Dbudny@pitt.eduBUDNY
Committee MemberMiller, Mark
Date: 9 June 2008
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 31 March 2008
Approval Date: 9 June 2008
Submission Date: 3 April 2008
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Swanson School of Engineering > Mechanical Engineering
Degree: MSME - Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Displacement Control; Elbow; Force Control; Joint Motion Simulator
Other ID:, etd-04032008-203718
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:33
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:38


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