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Investigation of Vibration and User Comfort for Powered Wheelchairs

Mohamed, Elhassan, Sirlantzis, Konstantinos, Howells, Gareth, Dib, Jihad (2022) Investigation of Vibration and User Comfort for Powered Wheelchairs. IEEE Sensors Letters, 6 (2). Article Number 2500204. ISSN 2475-1472. (doi:10.1109/LSENS.2022.3147740) (KAR id:92938)

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Abstract

Disabled users who use powered wheelchairs for mobility may suffer back and neck pain. Prolonged exposition to whole-body vibration due to different terrain surfaces may negatively impact the user's health and comfort. This study investigates the impact of whole-body vibration on powered wheelchair users following the ISO-2631 standard. The ISO-2631 standard defines the whole-body vibration limits and quantify its impact on the user's health and comfort. Four users with a range of different weights drive an Electrical Powered Wheelchair (EPW) on five different terrain surfaces. Results indicate that users' weights can impact vibration perception. Additionally, outdoor surfaces generally produce high vertical accelerations, which can negatively impact the user's health and comfort when the EPW is driven for a long period.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1109/LSENS.2022.3147740
Uncontrolled keywords: Acceleration, Disabled users, Powered wheelchairs, Ride dynamics, Whole-body vibration
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General) > TA165 Engineering instruments, meters etc. Industrial instrumentation
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery > Intelligent control systems
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Computing
Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Depositing User: Elhassan Mohamed
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2022 13:08 UTC
Last Modified: 31 May 2022 09:28 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/92938 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Mohamed, Elhassan: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9746-1564
Sirlantzis, Konstantinos: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0847-8880
Howells, Gareth: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5590-0880
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