Wheel Chairs for Third World Countries: Act of Excellence

Wheel Chair Test Lab SDSMT

A group of students at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology are working with an international charity to develop a test laboratory aimed at making it possible to build better wheelchairs more quickly to meet an underserved need globally.  The students are involved in a partnership with Free Wheelchair Mission, a world leader in providing mobility for people with disabilities, and with Rapid City-based RPM and Associates, Inc.

“The test lab is designed to propel wheelchairs over repeated obstacles while continuously monitoring stress, strain, accelerations, and temperature rise due to friction,’’ the release said. “The obstacles will be designed to simulate the same types of obstacles that wheelchair users encounter in developing world conditions.’’

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