Handwheelchair.q: Innovative Manual Wheelchair for Sport

  • Giuseppe QuagliaEmail author
  • Elvio Bonisoli
  • Paride Cavallone
Conference paper
Part of the Mechanisms and Machine Science book series (Mechan. Machine Science, volume 68)


In this paper the development of an innovative system of propulsion for manual wheelchair is described. It can be applied to sports wheelchairs and to wheelchair employed in everyday life. Regarding sports wheelchair, the use of this system of propulsion for racing wheelchair and hand bike is shown. The innovative system of propulsion tries to solve the injuries on the upper limb, caused by the other manual system of propulsion: push-rim system and levers system, employing traction movement applied on a cable transmission and ratchet device. The paper describes the functional design of different solutions, identifying the main involved parameters. In addition, the first prototype of wheelchair for everyday life is described and tested.


Disabled sports Paralympic games Manual wheelchair 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giuseppe Quaglia
    • 1
    Email author
  • Elvio Bonisoli
    • 1
  • Paride Cavallone
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringPolitecnico di TorinoTurinItaly

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