Dataset for "Propulsion cost changes of ultra-lightweight manual wheelchairs after one year of simulated use"

dc.contributor.author Misch, Jacob
dc.contributor.author Sprigle, Stephen
dc.contributor.corporatename Georgia Institute of Technology. Rehabilitation Engineering and Applied Research (REAR) Lab en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2022-08-30T13:43:17Z
dc.date.available 2022-08-30T13:43:17Z
dc.date.issued 2022
dc.description This data was used in the manuscript accepted for publication in the ASME Open Journal of Engineering, entitled "Propulsion cost changes of ultra-lightweight manual wheelchairs after one year of simulated use". This dataset contains measurements of over-ground manual wheelchair performance and from six unique manual wheelchair configurations comprising folding and rigid frame styles before and after simulated use testing. en_US
dc.description.abstract Manual wheelchairs are available with folding or rigid frames to meet the preferences and needs of individual users. Folding styles are commonly regarded as more portable and storable, whereas rigid frames are commonly regarded as more efficient for frequent daily use. To date, there are no studies directly comparing the performances of the frame types. Furthermore, while differences have been reported in the longevity of the frame types, no efforts have been made to relate this durability back to real-world performance of the frames. This study investigated the propulsion efficiencies of 4 folding and 2 rigid ultra-lightweight frames equipped with identical drive tires and casters. A robotic wheelchair tester was used to measure the propulsion costs of each chair over 2 surfaces: concrete and carpet. A motorized carousel was used to drive the chairs 511 km around a circular track to simulate one year of use for each wheelchair. After simulated use, 5 of the 6 wheelchairs showed no decrease in propulsion effort, indicating that the frames were able to withstand the stresses of simulated use without detrimental impact on performance. In the unused 'new' condition, rigid chairs were found to have superior (>5%) performance over folding frames on concrete and carpet, and in the 'worn' condition rigid chairs had superior performance over folding chairs on concrete, but were comparable on the carpeted surface. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) through grant # 90IFRE0036-01-02 and internal funding from the REAR Lab en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1853/67341
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.35090/gatech/67341
dc.publisher Georgia Institute of Technology en_US
dc.subject Manual wheelchairs en_US
dc.subject Energy loss en_US
dc.subject Propulsion cost en_US
dc.subject Folding frame en_US
dc.subject Rigid frame en_US
dc.subject Simulated use en_US
dc.title Dataset for "Propulsion cost changes of ultra-lightweight manual wheelchairs after one year of simulated use" en_US
dc.title.alternative Propulsion Cost Changes of Ultra-lightweight Manual Wheelchairs After One Year of Simulated Use Dataset en_US
dc.type Dataset en_US
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local.contributor.author Sprigle, Stephen
local.contributor.author Misch, Jacob
local.contributor.corporatename College of Design
local.contributor.corporatename School of Industrial Design
local.contributor.corporatename Rehabilitation Engineering and Applied Research Lab (REAR Lab)
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