Title

Wheelchair Curb Stepper

Presenter Information

Joshua Yoder

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom C/D

Start Date

15-5-2014

End Date

15-5-2014

Keywords

Wheelchair, Curb, Disabled

Abstract

One of the major difficulties for disabled persons who use a wheelchair is that there are very limited ways to get a wheelchair over a curb or small ledge. This hindrance makes the disabled person have to rely on outside aid for everyday tasks. A device that would help a disabled person to navigate up curbs or small steps would greatly help their personal independence. A problem when trying to design a device for this purpose is that the wheelchair will tip when only three inches above the ground. It is reasonable to assume that with a simple wheel truss set up placed behind the wheelchair to keep it from tipping a disabled person would be able to get over a ledge or curb. The results of the testing will show that the device is capable of keeping the wheelchair from tipping in order to successfully get over curbs or small steps and will be able to support an adequate load to keep it from failing.

Poster Number

15

Faculty Mentor(s)

Pringle, Charles

Additional Mentoring Department

Engineering Technologies, Safety, and Construction

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Wheelchair Curb Stepper

SURC Ballroom C/D

One of the major difficulties for disabled persons who use a wheelchair is that there are very limited ways to get a wheelchair over a curb or small ledge. This hindrance makes the disabled person have to rely on outside aid for everyday tasks. A device that would help a disabled person to navigate up curbs or small steps would greatly help their personal independence. A problem when trying to design a device for this purpose is that the wheelchair will tip when only three inches above the ground. It is reasonable to assume that with a simple wheel truss set up placed behind the wheelchair to keep it from tipping a disabled person would be able to get over a ledge or curb. The results of the testing will show that the device is capable of keeping the wheelchair from tipping in order to successfully get over curbs or small steps and will be able to support an adequate load to keep it from failing.