Analysis of Wheelchair Dimensions – UROP Spring Symposium 2021

Analysis of Wheelchair Dimensions

Justin Meyer


Pronouns: he/his

Research Mentor(s): Kathleen Klinich, Associate Research Scientist
Research Mentor School/College/Department: Transportation Research Institute, College of Engineering
Presentation Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Session: Session 6 (4pm-4:50pm)
Breakout Room: Room 17
Presenter: 1

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The goal of this project was to characterize wheelchair dimensions to provide guidance to vehicle manufacturers who are designing integrated wheelchair seating stations in automated vehicles. UMTRI has a database of wheelchair crashes that include front and side view photos of hundreds of wheelchairs. My task on the project was to digitize specific wheelchair points using Image J software, calibrating each photo using a known scale dimension on each photo. These data can be used to define key dimensions for each wheelchair, such as maximum length, width, and height. Forty wheelchairs, including both manual and power styles, were analyzed. Results will be used to create generic 3-dimensional wheelchair models that represent the range of wheelchair sizes available.

Authors: Justin Meyer, Nichole Orton, Miriam Manary, Kathleen Klinich
Research Method: Data Collection and Analysis

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