Iterative design and development of an adjustable folding wheelchair for completion of ANSI-RESNA standards

Joseph Olson BS, Rory Cooper PhD, Jeremy Puhlman BS, Mark McCartney, Sam Connor BS, Jim F Ster, III.


This paper documents the arduous task undertaken in redesigning a folding wheelchair to incorporate user group responses and for completion of ANSI-RESNA durability testing. It highlights failures and the methods chosen to fix them. The lessons illuminated by this account can be applied in future design projects.


Folding wheelchair, design, ANSI-RESNA durability testing


This work was supported by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) (Phase II SBIR-H H133S030016)

Joseph J. Olson
Human Engineering Research Laboratories
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
7180 Highland Drive, 151R1-H
Pittsburgh, PA 15206.


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