Fuzzy sliding mode control of a wearable rehabilitation robot for wrist and finger

Alireza Abbasi Moshaii (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran)
Majid Mohammadi Moghaddam (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran)
Vahid Dehghan Niestanak (Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran)

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to introduce a new design for a finger and wrist rehabilitation robot. Furthermore, a fuzzy sliding mode controller has been designed to control the system.

Design/methodology/approach

Following an introduction regarding the hand rehabilitation, this paper discusses the conceptual and detailed design of a novel wrist and finger rehabilitation robot. The robot provides the possibility of rehabilitating each phalanx individually which is very important in the finger rehabilitation process. Moreover, due to the model uncertainties, disturbances and chattering in the system, a fuzzy sliding mode controller design method is proposed for the robot.

Findings

With the novel design for moving the DOFs of the system, the rehabilitation for the wrist and all phalanges of fingers is done with only two actuators which are combined in one device. These features make the system a good choice for home rehabilitation. To control the robot, a fuzzy sliding mode controller has been designed for the system. The fuzzy controller does not affect the coefficient of the sliding mode controller and uses the overall error of the system to make a control signal. Thus, the dependence of the controller to the model decreases and the system is more robust. The stability of the system is proved by the Lyapunov theorem.

Originality/value

The paper provides a novel design of a hand rehabilitation robot and a controller which is used to compensate the effects of the uncertain parameters and chattering phenomenon.

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Citation

Abbasi Moshaii, A., Mohammadi Moghaddam, M. and Dehghan Niestanak, V. (2019), "Fuzzy sliding mode control of a wearable rehabilitation robot for wrist and finger", Industrial Robot: the international journal of robotics research and application, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IR-05-2019-0110

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