Power Assist Add-on for Manual Wheelchairs

Batterham, Jesse (2021) Power Assist Add-on for Manual Wheelchairs. [USQ Project]

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Power assist devices can be a very useful tool for wheelchair users. Through research it was identified that a large issue with manual wheelchairs was difficulty in traveling on certain terrains along with difficulties on inclines, and repetitive strain issues on the body. With the occasional use of a powered device and help maintain better health throughout one’s life. That is why it is important to make these devices as accessible as possible for those who desire this technology. The pupose of this project is to design a cost-effective power assist attachment for manual wheelchairs that promotes self-sufficiency for manual wheelchair users, and to gain better understand how a power assist attachment changes the loading conditions of a wheelchair frame. A conceptual design of an electric handcycle was created in an attempt to create a cost-effective and user-friendly method of manual to electric wheelchair conversion. The design provides a solution to this and to further aid in the limitations of movement, and the discomfort and long-term strain damage that comes with long term manual wheelchair propulsion. The concept design stage was semi successful at producing a design with potential for manufacturing.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Goh, Steven
Qualification: Bachelor of Engineering
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2023 03:12
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2023 03:12
Uncontrolled Keywords: power assist, wheelchair, disability, incline, terrain, electric conversion
URI: https://sear.unisq.edu.au/id/eprint/52065

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