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The effect of caster wheel diameter and mass distribution on drag forces in manual wheelchairs

Rene Zepeda, BEng, et al.

Wheelchair mobility requires large amounts of energy in relation to the movement produced. This happens as a result of energy loses during wheelchair propulsion, which in turn may cause discomforts and injuries in wheelchair users. Front caster wheels, which help rotate the wheelchair, generate a big part of these energy loses as rolling friction forces. This study presents ways of improving energy efficiency during wheelchair propulsion by changing the size of the caster wheels and advising the user to sit closer to the back end of the wheelchair.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2015.05.0074

Volume 53 Number 6, 2016
   Pages 893 — 900


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Zepeda R, Chan F, Sawatzky B. The effect of caster wheel diameter and mass distribution on drag forces in manual wheelchairs. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2016;53(6):893–900. http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2015.05.0074
ORCID: Bonita Sawatzky, PhD: 0000-0002-8901-2301
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