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Green and low-cost lower limb prosthetic socket

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Wei Liang Lai, shukry Abdul Majid, Dr Kheng-Lim GohORCiD, Professor Tom Joyce


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This project is concerned with a feasibility study to explore a step-change development of a low-cost lower limb prosthetic socket (LLPS) using natural fibre-reinforced composites. The project is intended to strengthen capacity at UniMAP (partner institution), in embracing circular economy through collaboration with new links at Newcastle University (NU, UK institution), who could offer training in the area of sustainability and engagement with medical device regulators and policymaker, with regard to the process of developing a green lower limb prosthetic socket (LLPS) from natural fibre-reinforced composites. There are 3 objectives: 1 To evaluate the design parameters of the LLPS, to consistency with the principles of green engineering 2 To study the environmental impact of the product using life cycle analysis 3 To engage relevant stakeholders, e.g. manufacturers, regulators and policymakers, to work towards the LLPS as a sustainable productObjective 1 will be pursued by conducting a design process to make natural fibre-reinforced composites, for fabricating low-cost LLPS, informed by medical device regulations, green engineering principles and sustainable design approach, as well as findings from life cycle analysis (LCA) of the LLPS (address by Objective 2). Knowledge exchange between the UK and Malaysian researchers concerning the technical know-how on making natural fibre reinforced composite materials will take place during the process. Objective 3 will be pursued by conducting workshops to engage the key stakeholders a) NGOs, to gather inputs on low-income and impoverished amputees; b) prosthesis manufacturer, to work with Malaysian medical device regulators; c) policymakers, to inform about diabetic-link amputees (Health Ministry), environmental impact (Environment Ministry), jobs related to LLPS production and EDI-led provision of LLPS for the amputees (Community Development Ministry)

Publication metadata

Author(s): Abdul Aziz NS, Mat F, Yosre NA, Lai WL, Mohd Jamir MR, Abdul Majid MS, Goh KL, Joyce T

Publication type: Digital or Visual Media

Publication status: Published

Year: 2023

Contents: A photo account of the project from the beginning to the end.

Publisher: Figshare

Place Published: London

Type: Video Story

Format: Photo format

Cast: The LLPS project team

Credits: The LLPS project team


Notes: This project aims to conduct a feasibility study on developing a low-cost lower limb prosthetic socket (LLPS) using natural fibre-reinforced composites. It focuses on evaluating design parameters, studying environmental impact, and engaging stakeholders to promote sustainability. Collaboration between UniMAP and Newcastle University facilitates knowledge exchange and workshops with NGOs, manufacturers, and policymakers.