When Syrian Students Create and Achieve Intellectual Excellence

(ST)-A large number of important creative projects in the field of IT, mechanic, electricity, electronics and communication have been displayed through the 6th Mechanical and Electrical Exhibition (MEE6) which has been recently held at the Central Library of Tishreen University in Lattakia.
Supervised by Professor Carlo Makdisi, Engineers Yazan Akram Fadel and Yousef Mohammed Mohammed have designed and applied a programmable device to aid the disabled people who lost neurological sensation in their lower part.
The Syria Times e-newspaper met members of the creative team and their supervisor, Prof. Makdisi, to know more about the project.
The idea of the project
Eng. Fadel said: " Our invention is an electromechanical (Mechatronics) device, designed for disabled and war wounded, who lost neurological sensation and the ability to move their lower parts. The device simulates the normal human movement, such as walking, standing, and sitting. The future development of the introduced device to simulate other movements such as running, and going up and down the stairs will be achieved if our invention received the required support.
The suggested device is applied directly to any person with the ability to decrease and increase the dimension according to the process of the patient growing up. In addition to the future developments that includes upgrading the device to demonstrating its movements via brain signals.
The device mechanism:
Eng. Fadel clarified: "This device is fixed on the lower part of the human body via belts, from the pelvic down to the tip of the leg.
The device consists of mechanical components, tied by the pelvic and knees. These mechanical components are manufactured of light metals such as Aluminum or Titanium (which are substituted by Carbonated fibers, or Graphene). These metal parts are driven by DC motors, connected to gearboxes with specified transfer ratio.
The electrical part configuration:
"The DC motors are selected with a rotation speed of 4200 R.P.M with driven current 0.08 A and the supply voltage is 24 V, all these selected parameters allow to use neglected resistance cables and small dry batteries, which lasts for many hours before the required recharging".
The electronic configuration:
Talking about the device electronic configuration, Eng. Mohammed explained: "All mentioned DC motors are driven via suitable drive circuits, the device can be controlled by Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Joystick. And all the components are connected to a programmable microcontroller.
In case that our invention gained the required financial support, this device can be developed to simulate all the human movement by providing it with more accurate motors.
A complete prototype of this device is ready to be applied and fully functional on children in range of 16 up to 25 kg weight."
" We can challenge and do the most complicated if we have the required material and financial support. We are ready to make our inventions scream that we exist, we can keep abreast of the latest global technologies and achieve the complex and most difficult," Eng. Mohammed concluded.
Prof. Makdisi said: "Work in the humanitarian field and the assistance of people with special needs, especially war casualties, is of utmost importance and can be achieved in our country with national expertise and at a very low cost in order to integrate the users of this device with the community again. In fact, the cost of the invention is much lower than its experimental equivalent, which cost up to $ 90.000, while our creative students designed and applied the working prototype at their own expense, without any financial aid, the cost was less than a thousand dollars.
Hence, we must appeal to companies, institutions and ministries to provide the necessary support for such important projects that solve real problems in our country"
" The creative mind of the Syrians will not stop, Yazan Fadel and Yousef Mohammed are clear example of this creativity. Wait for further future projects by Syrian creative students who demonstrate the real potential of the Syrians to contribute to the renaissance of their country.
We only need support from the concerned public or private bodies, so that we can introduce our products to the local market and to the neighboring markets in the next step. We hope that this important project and other projects will receive the necessary attention and funding so that the energies of our youth and students can be transformed into real outputs that support the development and prosperity of Syria," Dr. Makdisi concluded

 Amal Farhat.