P16007: Motor-Assisted Wheelchair


Project Summary Project Information

A fully motorized wheelchair would meet any user need to travel up inclines. However, the transition from a manual wheelchair to a full motorized wheelchair is significant. Not only could it mean an order of magnitude cost increase, but it also means the user no longer needs to use his or her arms, which can translate to reduced strength and mobility.

As opposed to a full electric wheelchair, this project looks simply to assist the user going up or down an incline with a large difference in weight from a standard electric wheelchair. Ideally the design would have a battery and motors to apply a torque going up an incline, while using some of the energy from descending an incline to recharge the battery used. This is very much like the regenerative braking concept seen on some cars today, though understandably on a smaller scale.

The motivation for this project is rooted in personal relation. One team member is close to someone who is frequently in, though not confined to, a wheelchair, and in thinking of ways to alleviate some of the burden this creates, this was the solution that seemed most feasible and applicable.

For more detailed background information, please read our Project Statement

Project Name
Motor-Assisted Wheelchair
Project Number
Project Family
Assistive Devices
Start Term
2151 - Fall 2015
End Term
2155 - Spring 2016
Faculty Guide
Sarah Brownell
Primary Customer
Alan Burger

Team Members

P16007 Fall-2015 Roster

P16007 Fall-2015 Team Members

P16007 Fall-2015 Team Members

Member Academic Major Role Contact
Alan Burger Mechanical Engineering Lead Engineer agb4860@rit.edu
Brenden Hoff Industrial Engineering Project Manager bmh4060@rit.edu
Brad Shumway Electrical Engineering Team Member bas4077@rit.edu
Jason Zhong Electrical Engineering Team Member zxz4297@rit.edu
Nicholas Brown Mechanical Engineering Team Member nob5587@rit.edu
Dat Le Mechanical Engineering Team Member dbl7550@rit.edu

Table of Contents

MSD I - Fall 2015 MSD II - Spring 2016 MSD I & II

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Subsystem Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test with Customer Demo

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation

Project Management

Project Photos and Videos

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