CURB CLIMBING WHEELCHAIR DEVELOPMENT

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 6955
Amount: $30,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1987
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
5950 W Touhy, Niles, IL, 60648
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 STEVEN R SCHMID
 MECHANICAL ENGINEER
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Research Institution
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Abstract
SIDEWALK RAMPS, ADOPTED FOR THE SAFETY AND CONVENIENCE OF WHEELCHAIR BOUND CITIZENS, HAVE EXHIBITED A NUMBER OF SHORTCOMINGS. MILLIONS OF DOLLARS HAVE BEEN SPENT, AND WILLCONTINUE TO BE SPENT, FOR THE CONVERSION OF CURBS INTO RAMPSA LESS THAN SATISFACTORY SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM. A MORE FEASIBLE APPROACH TO ALTERING THE MILLIONS OF CURBS IS THE ADDITION OF CURB CLIMBING CAPABILITIES TO THE FIFTY THOUSANDWHEELCHAIRS PRESENTLY IN THIS COUNTRY. A CURB CLIMBING WHEELCHAIR DESIGN AS PROPOSED HEREIN IS INTENDED MAINLY FOR MANUALLY-POWERED WHEELCHAIRS, ALTHOUGH THE CONCEPTS APPLY TO PROPELLED WHEELCHAIRS AS WELL. EVEN SMALL RIDGES ARE DIFFICULT TO NEGOTIATE WITH A WHEELCHAIR, SO THE DESIGN WILL MINIMIZE THE FORCE EXERTED BY THE RIDER WITH A CONSTANT CENTER-OF-GRAVITY APPROACH. THOUSANDS OF WHEELCHAIRS ARE IN USE WITHOUT CURB CLIMBING ABILITIES. A RETROFIT PACKAGE TO MODIFY THESE WHEELCHAIRS WILL BE INVESTIGATED FOR TECHNOLOGICAL AND ECONOMIC FEASIBILITY. A CURB CLIMBING WHEELCHAIR WILL SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF HANDICAPPED MOBILITY IN URBAN AREAS, AND WILL ELIMINATE THE NEED FOR SIDEWALK RAMPS, WHICH OFTEN CONSTITUTE A HAZARD TO PEDESTRIANS. THE CURB CLIMBING DEVICE WILL BE PRESENTED TO WHEELCHAIR MANUFACTURERS AND HOSPITALS, ESPECIALLY VETERANS HOSPITALS, WHERE THE NEED FOR CURB CLIMBING CHAIRS IS THE GREATEST.

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