Variable Position Mid-Wheel Drive System for Power Wheelchairs

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: N/A
Contract: H133S100082
Agency Tracking Number: H133S100082
Amount: $499,019.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
6321 Tanglewood Road, Terre Haute, IN, 47802
DUNS: 999999999
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bob Levy
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 bobl@criterionhealth.net
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

This project designs, constructs, and evaluates a concept model based on current mid wheel designs. The concept model uses a variable position drive wheel system that can move forward or backward from the mid-wheel position using a simple mechanical system to change the position of the drive wheels. A series of five structured tests for maneuverability and/or stability are used to compare performance as a function of placement of the drive wheels. The feasibility of this concept model is based on demonstrating that a variable position drive wheel system optimizes performance under a greater variety of terrain and environmental conditions compared to a single position drive wheel system.

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