Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Graduation date: Spring 2023
FURI | Fall 2021
Designing an Affordable Torsional Spring for a Rotary Series Elastic Actuator
Rotary Series Elastic Actuators are commonly used in rehabilitation exoskeletons due to their inherent compliance creating a level of safety and comfort. Designing and manufacturing torsional springs for this purpose that can withstand high loads while having a low spring constant is a challenging task. Existing solutions commonly rely on using multiple planar springs in series cut with wire electric discharge machining (EDM) resulting in an expensive and non-adjustable spring pack. This FURI project addresses these issues by exploring a method of manufacturing a torsional spring based on interchangeable wire coil-based compression springs.
Mentor: Wenlong Zhang
Sponsored project | Fall 2021
W. L. Gore & Associates is a uniquely creative, product leadership enterprise that has served a variety of global markets for 60 years, and provides innovative solutions that its associates stand behind. Gore established funds to support undergraduate students in the Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative program and graduate students in the Master’s Opportunity for Research in Engineering program, and values student-driven research and developing relationships with students in the programs.