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Senior Capstone Project Presentation – April 2020

Project Title       Safety Enhancement of Wheelchair: Design Modification and Fabrication of Attachments to get off the curb

Name of Student(s)        Abdulaziz Shaikh, Abdullah Shaikh, Rayan Abdulghaffar

Name of Advisor(s)         Max Denis, Devdas Shetty, Jiajun Xu

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Slide from presentation Safety Enhancement of Wheelchair: Design Modification and Fabrication of Attachments to get off the curb by Abdulaziz Shaikh, Abdullah Shaikh, Rayan AbdulghaffarProject Abstract              The wheelchair is one of the most commonly used assistive devices for enhancing and enabling personal mobility. Enhancing a wheelchair needs is an essential tool to enjoy vastly improved health, social and lifestyle for people who have difficulties in physical disability and spinal injuries. Based upon a previous study on a manually operated wheelchair, that has been modified to travel over a curb approximately 7 inches at the edge of a sidewalk onto the street, such as move from an upper surface to a lower surface. We propose to improve its design by eliminating shock created when the rear wheel of the wheelchair gets off the curb, it causes a hard impact to the wheelchair user. In this project, we design an attachment that can work on the rear wheel to absorb everyday shock loads and give a smooth ride to the user.