P09009: Manually Operated One-Arm-Powered Wheelchair


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Project Overview

The purpose of this project is to develop a manual-powered wheelchair that can be operated by stroke patients or any other individual who has a reduced capacity to perform bilateral operation of a standard manual wheelchair. Typical wheelchairs are not easily used by individuals who lack full use of both upper extremities. The desired wheel chair will enable stroke patients to independently power and steer the manual chair. While there is a specific customer in mind for this project, it is expected that successful development of such a wheelchair will benefit a wide variety of patients. It is not expected that students will design the chair completely from scratch. Instead, the expectation is that the students will develop a design that modifies existing manually operated wheelchairs to achieve the desired functionality.

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Administrative Information

Project Name
Manually Operated Wheelchair for Stroke Patients
Project Number
Project Family
Assistive Devices
Assistive Devices and Bioengineering
Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guide
Matthew Marshall (ISE)
Faculty Consultant
Elizabeth DeBartolo (ME)
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Sanjay Palit
Primary Customer
Bob Brinkman
Secondary Customers
Jack Allen, Stroke Patients, and Matt Marshall
Customer Contact Information
475-7260, mmmeie@rit.edu


public/Pictures/Team Awesome

From left to right:

Matthew Marshall (Faculty Guide), Bradley Stroka (IE), Sean Bodkin (IE), Nicholas Rehbaum (ME), Michelle Allard (ME), Alex Vogler (ME), Deborah Chen (IE), Bob Brinkman (Customer)

Senior Design I Documents

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5-System Level Design Review

Week 6

Week 7

Week 8

Week 9

Week 10-Detailed Design Review

Senior Design II Documents

Technical Drawings

Stress Analysis Document

Final Bill of Materials

Imagine RIT Poster

Test Results

Project Review Presentation

Conference Paper

Wheelchair User Manual

Final Poster


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Mission Statement

Staffing Requirements

Intellectual Property Considerations

Preliminary Work Breakdown Structure

Norms and Values

Grading and Assessment Scheme

Required Resources

Concept Development

Identify Customer Needs

Set Preliminary Specifications

Generate Product Concepts

Select Product Concept(s)

Set Final Specifications

System Level Design

Product Architecture