In this paper is described a new solution for a stair-climbing wheelchair: a device that allows disabled people to autonomously overcome architectural barriers. The paper presents the evolution of a project introduced in previous works. The aim is to obtain a wheelchair able to move both in structured and unstructured environments and overcome single steps or an entire staircase. The innovative aspect of this work is the introduction of a hybrid solution, with a locomotion system based on wheels and an idle track for the vehicle stability. The locomotion group permits to overcome obstacles through an original architecture based on an epicycloidal transmission. The control logic manages the motors that drive independently the two degrees of freedom of the transmission and allows to switch from an advancing mode to a climbing one. The wheelchair must be able to move in different environments, such as flat ground or stairs, which require different specifications, sometimes in contrast. For this reason the main part of the work regards the design of a reconfiguration mechanism able to prepare the wheelchair for different working conditions. First of all the relative positions between the elements that compose the wheelchair structure in different configuration are studied in order to optimize the performances especially in terms of regularity. Then several possible solutions for the reconfiguration mechanism are presented and qualitatively evaluated, in order to choose the one that satisfy the design specifications.

Design of a reconfiguration mechanism for an electric stair-climbing wheelchair / Quaglia, Giuseppe; Franco, Walter; Nisi, Matteo. - 4A:(2014). ((Intervento presentato al convegno IMECE2014 tenutosi a Montreal nel November 14-20, 2014 [10.1115/IMECE2014-37055].

Design of a reconfiguration mechanism for an electric stair-climbing wheelchair

QUAGLIA, Giuseppe;FRANCO, WALTER;NISI, MATTEO
2014

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In this paper is described a new solution for a stair-climbing wheelchair: a device that allows disabled people to autonomously overcome architectural barriers. The paper presents the evolution of a project introduced in previous works. The aim is to obtain a wheelchair able to move both in structured and unstructured environments and overcome single steps or an entire staircase. The innovative aspect of this work is the introduction of a hybrid solution, with a locomotion system based on wheels and an idle track for the vehicle stability. The locomotion group permits to overcome obstacles through an original architecture based on an epicycloidal transmission. The control logic manages the motors that drive independently the two degrees of freedom of the transmission and allows to switch from an advancing mode to a climbing one. The wheelchair must be able to move in different environments, such as flat ground or stairs, which require different specifications, sometimes in contrast. For this reason the main part of the work regards the design of a reconfiguration mechanism able to prepare the wheelchair for different working conditions. First of all the relative positions between the elements that compose the wheelchair structure in different configuration are studied in order to optimize the performances especially in terms of regularity. Then several possible solutions for the reconfiguration mechanism are presented and qualitatively evaluated, in order to choose the one that satisfy the design specifications.
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