Faculty Advisor

Ault, Holly K.

Faculty Advisor

Hoffman, Allen H.

Abstract

Current wheelchair braking systems often intersect with the propulsion paths of the user and may cause injuries to the hands. Tuck-away brake designs eliminate this problem, however, presently available designs are inconvenient to use and can require considerable adjustment. Three innovative styles of "tuck-away" brakes were designed, manufactured and tested at WPI and with users at the Massachusetts Hospital School. These brake designs include a bicycle brake, modified sliding toggle brake, and a modified Quadra design. After testing these designs we have concluded that the modified Quadra design best meets most of the project's functional requirements.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2001

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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