ACTIVE SEAT SUSPENSION TO CONTROL LOW BACK INJURIES

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$32,613.00
Award Year:
1992
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
19476
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Rehabilitation Technology Inc
1 South Prospect Street, Burlington, VT, 05401
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Christopher C Johnson
(802) 656-3805
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
THE LONG-TERM GOAL OF THIS WORK IS TO PRODUCE AN INEXPENSIVE, ACTIVELY CONTROLLED VEHICLE SEAT SUSPENSION SYSTEM TO CONTROL LOW BACK INJURIES CAUSED BY VERTICAL VIBRATION EXPOSURE. THE SPECIFIC AIM IS TO DESIGN A LOW POWERED SYSTEM CAPABLE OF NEW OR RETROFIT INSTALLATION. THIS PHASE I PROJECT WILL DEMONSTRATE THE FEASIBILITY OF USING ACTIVELY CONTROLLED SHOCK AND VIBRATION ABSORBERS. THIS WILL INVOLVE COMPUTER-BASED SYSTEM MODELLING AND CONSTRUCTION OF A SMALL PROTOTYPE. RESULTS OF THIS WORK WILL SUPPORT A PHASE II APPLICATION TO PRODUCE A COMMERCIALLY VIABLE FULL SEAT SUSPENSION WITH ON BOARD CONTROLS. SUCH A SUSPENSION COULD ELIMINATE VIBRATION EXPOSURE TO THE DRIVER AND SIGNIFICANTLY REDUE LOW BACK INJURIES AND THEIR ATTENDANT COSTS (HUMAN SUFFERING, LOSS OF PRODUCTIVITY, AND FINANCIAL.

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