Mounting and calibration of stairs on piezoelectric force platforms

MP Besser, DL Kowalk, CL Vaughan

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To calculate the centre of pressure using piezoelectric force plates mounted on pads, no net tensile stresses may be imposed on the surface of the plate. This condition is violated when stairs are attached to the plates, unless the plates are preloaded. Typical shear forces encountered when climbing stairs were used to determine required preloads of approximately 16.4 N/cm step height. Vertical and horizontal loads were applied at known locations on the steps, and points of application were calculated. Deviations were within ± 3 mm. The effect of point of application inaccuracy on calculated joint moments is considerable. A 2 cm medial shift in the point of application resulted in calculated peak knee abduction/adduction moment errors of 35%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-235
Number of pages5
JournalGait and Posture
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1993

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Rehabilitation


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