JRM Vol.20 No.6 pp. 854-862
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2008.p0854


Simulator for Optimal Wheelchair Design

Makoto Sasaki*1, Takumi Kimura*2, Kiyomi Matsuo*3,
Goro Obinata*4, Takehiro Iwami*5, Kazuto Miyawaki*6,
and Kazuo Kiguchi*1

*1Department of Advanced Systems Control Engineering, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Saga University, 1 Honjomachi, Saga-shi, Saga, 840-8502, Japan

*2Department of Mechanical Engineering, Saga University, 1 Honjomachi, Saga-shi, Saga, 840-8502, Japan

*3Saga Medical School Faculty of Medicine, Saga University, 5-1-1 Nabeshima, Saga-shi, Saga 849-8501, Japan

*4Division of Integrated Research Projects, EcoTopia Science Institute, Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa, Nagoya-shi, Aichi 464-8603, Japan

*5Department of Mechanical Engineering, Akita University, Tegatagakuen-cho Akita-shi, Akita 010-0852, Japan

*6Akita Prefectural R&D Center, 4-21 Sanuki, Araya-cho, Akita-shi, Akita 010-1623, Japan

March 30, 2008
July 3, 2008
December 20, 2008
biomechanics, wheelchair adaptation simulator, musculo-skeletal model, joint torque, energy consumption

This paper presents an adaptive simulator for a manual wheelchair to reduce the user’s upper limb load during wheelchair manipulation and to increase the efficiency of wheelchair propulsion. The proposed simulator provides an optimal position of the handrim/lever and the desired angular position of the seat and backrest of the wheelchair based on the user’s body function.

Cite this article as:
M. Sasaki, T. Kimura, K. Matsuo, <. Obinata, T. Iwami, K. Miyawaki, and <. Kiguchi, “Simulator for Optimal Wheelchair Design,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.20, No.6, pp. 854-862, 2008.
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