A Programmable Limb Testing System (and Some Measurements of Intrinsic Muscular and Reflex-Mediated Stiffnesses)

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C. Billian, G. I. Zahalak

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Washington University, St. Louis, Mo. 63130

J Biomech Eng 105(1), 6-11 (Feb 01, 1983) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3138387 History: Received April 05, 1982; Revised August 02, 1982; Online June 15, 2009


A new versatile apparatus for investigating the neuromusculoskeletal dynamics of the upper limb, termed the Programmable Limb Testing System (PLTS) has been designed, built, and tested. The planning, construction, and operation of this system are described in this paper. Results are presented from a limited set of experiments, measuring intrinsic muscular and reflex-mediated stiffnesses of the triceps brachii, which exhibit the system’s performance and some of its capabilities.

Copyright © 1983 by ASME
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