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MOTION STUDY OF A WHEELCHAIR PROTOTYPE FOR DISABLED PEOPLE

10.15660/AUOFMTE.2015-1.3118

Ionut Daniel GEONEA, Nicolae DUMITRU, Alexandru MARGINE

igeonea@yahoo.com

Volume XXIV (XIV), 2015/1

In this paper is presented the design and an experimental prototype of a wheelchair for disabled people. Design solution proposed to be implemented uses two reduction gears motors and a mechanical transmission with chains. The motion controller developed uses PWM technology (pulse wave modulation). The wheelchair has the ability of forward – backward motion and steering. The design solution is developed in Solid Works, and it’s implemented in a wheelchair prototype model. Wheelchair design and motion makes him suitable especially for indoor use. It is made a study of the wheelchair kinematics, first using a kinematic simulation in Adams. Are presented the wheelchair motion trajectory and kinematics parameters. The experimental prototype is tested with a motion analysis system based on ultra high-speed video recording. The obtained results from simulation and experimentally tests, demonstrate the efficiency of wheelchair proposed solution.

Keywords—Wheelchair, kinematics, prototype, motion study.

ISSN 1583-0691, CNCSIS "Clasa B+"