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dc.contributor.authorRestorick, Miranda
dc.contributor.otherQueen's University (Kingston, Ont.). Theses (Queen's University (Kingston, Ont.))en
dc.date2010-01-30 12:17:57.181en
dc.date.accessioned2010-02-01T18:55:46Z
dc.date.available2010-02-01T18:55:46Z
dc.date.issued2010-02-01T18:55:46Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1974/5417
dc.descriptionThesis (Master, Mechanical and Materials Engineering) -- Queen's University, 2010-01-30 12:17:57.181en
dc.description.abstractWheelchair users are exposed to whole-body vibrations, particularly when traversing rugged terrain such as in less resourced areas. Suspension systems have been added to wheelchair systems to protect occupants from secondary injuries associated with whole-body vibration. Current suspension systems need to be further developed in order to optimize the protection against these secondary injuries. Until further research finds conclusive evidence for comfort level, and the onset of injury due to vibrations, it has been recommended to reduce whole-body vibration exposure to the lowest possible level. A versatile testing apparatus and method were designed and built to detect the acceleration and frequencies a wheelchair occupant would be exposed to while riding on simulated rough terrain. A novel dummy was instrumented with accelerometers to measure the accelerations and frequencies experienced by the wheelchair user. The apparatus and method was able to detect peak acceleration magnitudes, and was able to detect resonant frequencies and their intensities with either a PSD or FFT analysis. The minimum observable effect of change between two test conditions ranged from 6.0% for peak acceleration analysis when using six tests and a light dummy; to 41.0% for PSD analysis when using three tests and a heavy dummy. This adjustable testing apparatus and method can be used to tune a wheelchair system suspension design because it can elucidate whether or not a design is able to reduce accelerations and attenuate resonant frequencies experienced by a wheelchair occupant.en
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dc.relation.ispartofseriesCanadian thesesen
dc.rightsThis publication is made available by the authority of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private study and research and may not be copied or reproduced except as permitted by the copyright laws without written authority from the copyright owner.en
dc.subjectWheelchairen
dc.subjectSuspensionen
dc.subjectVibrationen
dc.subjectObstacle Simulatoren
dc.titleADJUSTABLE WHEELCHAIR OBSTACLE SIMULATOR AND INSTRUMENTATION FOR ASSESSING WHEELCHAIR SUSPENSIONen
dc.typeThesisen
dc.description.degreeMasteren
dc.contributor.supervisorBryant, J. Timen
dc.contributor.supervisorWyss, Urs P.en
dc.contributor.departmentMechanical and Materials Engineeringen


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