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Title: Fatigue testing of energy storing prosthetic feet
Authors: Toh, S.L. 
Goh, J.C.H. 
Tan, P.H.
Tay, T.E. 
Issue Date: 1993
Citation: Toh, S.L.,Goh, J.C.H.,Tan, P.H.,Tay, T.E. (1993). Fatigue testing of energy storing prosthetic feet. Prosthetics and Orthotics International 17 (3) : 180-188. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This paper describes a simple approach to the fatigue testing of prosthetic feet. A fatigue testing machine for prosthetic feet was designed as part of the programme to develop an energy storing prosthetic foot (ESPF). The fatigue tester does not simulate the loading pattern on the foot during normal walking. However, cyclic vertical loads are applied to the heel and forefoot during heel-strike and toe-off respectively, for 500,000 cycles. The maximum load applied was chosen to be 1.5 times that applied by the bodyweight of the amputee and the test frequency was chosen to be 2 Hz to shorten the test duration. Four prosthetic feet were tested: two Lambda feet (a newly developed ESPF), a Kingsley SACH foot and a Proteor SACH foot. It was found that the Lambda feet have very good fatigue properties. The Kingsley SACH foot performed better than the Proteor model, with no signs of wear at the heel. The results obtained using the simple approach was found to be comparable to the results from more complex fatigue machines which simulate the load pattern during normal walking. This suggests that simple load simulating machines, which are less costly and require less maintenance, are useful substitutes in studying the fatigue properties of prosthetic feet.
Source Title: Prosthetics and Orthotics International
ISSN: 03093646
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