Design and Fabrication of an Indigenous Electronic Driven Wheelchair

AJIBOLA, Olawale O.E. and ADEBAYO2, Olumide and OSUNDE, Davidson O. Design and Fabrication of an Indigenous Electronic Driven Wheelchair. ABUAD Journal of Engineering Research and Development, 1 (3). pp. 398-403.

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The essence of mobility in humans cannot be over-emphasized, thus the difficulty that persons living with motor impairment suffer with impeding effect on their physical development and social interactions. Electronic driven wheelchair (EDW) can mitigate against the effects of the aforementioned suffering. However, the cost of acquiring an EDW is beyond the reach of an average Nigerian. In this paper, the design and fabrication of a locally produced low cost EDW was reported. The device was designed for outdoor use with two rear motor driven wheels, two 12V DC deep cycle batteries, angle bar, galvanized metal pipes, solar panel, rattan (cane) and bamboo. Control for the EDW is achieved through the use of a joystick. The batteries can be charged either by using 220V AC mains or a solar module. The framework of the wheelchair is made up of about 50% metal, 35% rattan, and 15% bamboo. Available anthropometric data for Nigerian adult was used in designing an applicable prototype. The product of the study is a functional EDW. The essence of the innovation is to afford average income earners the opportunity to acquire and use an electric wheelchair.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Electronic wheelchair, indigenous, geared motors, deep cycle battery, relay
Subjects: T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Electronics and Computer Science
Depositing User: Mr. Victor Sebiotimo
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2019 15:38
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2019 15:38

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