The robust estimation of inertial properties is cru- cial in studies on manual wheelchair efficiency. The mechanical work and forces necessary for a wheel- chair to execute a turning maneuver are directly pro- portional to the moment of inertia of the wheelchair. We have designed a test method to accurately deter- mine wheelchair mass and moment of inertia using a spring-loaded rotating turntable. This research will be most useful to researchers interested in wheelchair inertia experiments. However, all manual wheelchair users may indirectly benefit from this work because it may inform better wheelchair design.
Volume 49 Number 1, 2012
Pages 51 — 62
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