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THE LONG-TERM OBJECTIVE OF THE PROPOSED RESEARCH PROGRAM IS TO DEVELOP A…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
3304
Program Year/Program:
1985 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
3304
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
V. A. Phelps & Associates, Inc
2455 S. Industrial Hwy. Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1985
Title: THE LONG-TERM OBJECTIVE OF THE PROPOSED RESEARCH PROGRAM IS TO DEVELOP A DOUBLE-ACTING LEVER DRIVE COMBINED WITH AN ADJUSTABLE THREE-SPEED SYSTEM FOR WHEELCHAIR PROPULSION.
Agency: HHS
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $50,000.00
 

Abstract:

THE LONG-TERM OBJECTIVE OF THE PROPOSED RESEARCH PROGRAM IS TO DEVELOP A DOUBLE-ACTING LEVER DRIVE COMBINED WITH AN ADJUSTABLE THREE-SPEED SYSTEM FOR WHEELCHAIR PROPULSION. IMPROVED MOBILITY SHOULD ENCOURAGE EXERCISE AND PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE USER PHYSICAL FITNESS AND, THUS, CONTRIBUTE TO A HIGHER LEVEL OF REHABILITATION. PROPULSION INTERFACE DEVICES SUCH AS HANDRIMS, LEVERS, AND CRANKS OFFER VARYING DEGREES OF EFFICACY AND EFFICIENCY IN PERFORMANCE. STUDIES CONDUCTED AT WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY AND THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA SUPPORT FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF DEVICES WHICH INCORPORATE ASYNCHRONOUS OPERATION AND THE USE OF THREE-SPEED HUBS FOR GEARING MANUALLY PROPELLED WHEELCHAIRS. THE SPECIFIC AIMS OF THE PHASE I PROJECT ARE TO A. DEVELOP A MECHANISM WHICH SIMULATES THE PROPOSED CONCEPT, AND INTEGRATE IT INTO AN EXISTING WHEELCHAIR; B. EVALUATE THE MECHANISM'S EFFECT ON THE METABOLIC, CARDIOVASCULAR, AND PULMONARY SYSTEMS OF THE USER; C. DETERMINE THE MARKETABILITY OF THE DEVICE; AND D. OUTLINE THE PROGRAM FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENT AND ANALYSIS IN PHASE II. IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT THE DEVICE WILL BE INCORPORATED INTO COMMERCIALLY MANUFACTURED WHEELCHAIRS AND RETROFITTED TO EXISTING WHEELCHAIRS. THE DEVICE ALSO HAS APPLICATION

Principal Investigator:

Frederick g. phelps
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
3136657463

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Small Business Information at Submission:

V. A. Phelps & Associates, Inc
2455 S. Industrial Hwy. Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No