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WAM (Wearable Assistive Materials)
V2O5 is a substance that is able to flex when exposed to an electrostatic potential and can exhibit strength about 10 times the strength found in skeletal muscle. It so this would seem to be a useful substance to use as the basis for an actuator. Interlockable ceramic tiles can provide the stiffness needed for the rigidity needed by a skeleton but once unlocked allow the structure to bend in a required direction. The project will test these properties separately and in combination to see if the V2O5 working with the magnetic gel could act as a sufficiently strong driver and key for the locking/unlocking mechanism so that the material can demonstrate sufficient strength, stiffness and strain capabilities to assist walking. The project will work with a patients' group and a group of clinicians to understand more about what end users might be looking for in assistive technology and how this particular type of support might be useful for them.
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