Variable Position Mid-Wheel Drive System for Power Wheelchairs

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Education
Amount:
$499,019.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
H133S100082
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2010
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
H133S100082
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
Criterion Health
6321 Tanglewood Road, Terre Haute, IN, 47802
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
999999999
Principal Investigator
 Bob Levy
 () -
 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.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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