RESEARCH PAPERS: Medical Devices and Sporting Equipment

A Wheelchair Dynamometer

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J. G. Thacker, J. R. O’Reagan, J. H. Aylor

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Department of Electrical Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va. 22901

J. Mech. Des 102(4), 718-722 (Oct 01, 1980) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3254811 History: Received March 01, 1980; Online November 17, 2009


This paper describes the design of a low-cost wheelchair dynamometer used to evaluate patient performance while using their own wheelchairs. Specifications are listed and details of the overall system including controlling schemes are given. Representative clinical research is listed. The multiple uses of the dynamometer system are discussed.

Copyright © 1980 by ASME
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