Accession Number:

ADP011007

Title:

Calibration Issues of Tekscan Systems for Human Pressure Assessment

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

QUEEN'S UNIV KINGSTON (ONTARIO)

Report Date:

2001-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

8.0

Abstract:

The Tekscan pressure sensor system has been designed for relatively easy measurement of contact pressures between two opposing surfaces. However, several factors are known to affect Tekscan sensor output. This paper reports on two pilot studies which were done to investigate the effects of contact surface compliance and changes in the system hardware on Tekscan sensor output In the first study linear calibration curves were calculated for a single Tekscan sensor array placed on surfaces of varying compliance. The slopes of the curves and variability in both the slopes and intercepts were found to be affected by surface compliance. In the second study, absolute percentage differences in the raw output data bits between a series of Tekscan sensor-cuff combinations were calculated. These differences ranged from 5-32. The results of these studies indicate that careful attention must be paid to system set-up and calibration when using that Tekscan pressure sensor system to measure contact pressures.

Subject Categories:

  • Biology
  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE