A system for the in-situ re-calibration of six-component force platforms is presented. The system consists of a device, a data-acquisition procedure and an algorithm. The device, simple and lightweight, is composed of a high-precision, 3-D load cell, loaded through a triangular stage, and precisely positioned on the force platform under re-calibration by means of a template. The data-acquisition procedure lasts about 1h and requires up to 13 measurements consisting of manual positioning the load cell on the force platform, and then having the operator exerting loads on both load cell and force platform by his/her body movement. As a result, the procedure makes use of loads in the same range of posture and gait tests. The algorithm estimates the local or global six-by-six re-calibration matrix of the force platform through a least-squares optimization, and is presented in detail in a separate paper [Cedraro A, Cappello A, Chiari L., A portable system for in-situ re-calibration of force platforms: Theoretical validation. Gait Posture 2008;28:488-94]. The system was validated on four commercial force platforms (Amti OR6, Bertec 4060-08, Bertec 4080-10, and Kistler 9286A). The average accuracy in the measurement of the center of pressure were 2.3+/-1.4mm, 2.6+/-1.5mm, 11.8+/-4.3mm, 14.0+/-2.5mm before re-calibration, 1.1+/-0.6mm, 1.8+/-1.1mm, 1.0+/-0.6mm, 3.2+/-1.1mm after global re-calibration, and 0.7+/-0.4mm, 0.8+/-0.5mm, 0.5+/-0.3mm, 2.0+/-1.2mm after local re-calibration (results presented in random order). The force platform re-calibration influenced the value, sign, and timing of net joint moments, estimated during a gait task through an inverse dynamics approach.

A portable system for in-situ re-calibration of force platforms: experimental validation

CEDRARO, ANDREA;CAPPELLO, ANGELO;CHIARI, LORENZO
2009

Abstract

A system for the in-situ re-calibration of six-component force platforms is presented. The system consists of a device, a data-acquisition procedure and an algorithm. The device, simple and lightweight, is composed of a high-precision, 3-D load cell, loaded through a triangular stage, and precisely positioned on the force platform under re-calibration by means of a template. The data-acquisition procedure lasts about 1h and requires up to 13 measurements consisting of manual positioning the load cell on the force platform, and then having the operator exerting loads on both load cell and force platform by his/her body movement. As a result, the procedure makes use of loads in the same range of posture and gait tests. The algorithm estimates the local or global six-by-six re-calibration matrix of the force platform through a least-squares optimization, and is presented in detail in a separate paper [Cedraro A, Cappello A, Chiari L., A portable system for in-situ re-calibration of force platforms: Theoretical validation. Gait Posture 2008;28:488-94]. The system was validated on four commercial force platforms (Amti OR6, Bertec 4060-08, Bertec 4080-10, and Kistler 9286A). The average accuracy in the measurement of the center of pressure were 2.3+/-1.4mm, 2.6+/-1.5mm, 11.8+/-4.3mm, 14.0+/-2.5mm before re-calibration, 1.1+/-0.6mm, 1.8+/-1.1mm, 1.0+/-0.6mm, 3.2+/-1.1mm after global re-calibration, and 0.7+/-0.4mm, 0.8+/-0.5mm, 0.5+/-0.3mm, 2.0+/-1.2mm after local re-calibration (results presented in random order). The force platform re-calibration influenced the value, sign, and timing of net joint moments, estimated during a gait task through an inverse dynamics approach.
2009
A. Cedraro; A. Cappello; L. Chiari
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