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Tests of two new polyurethane foam wheelchair tires.
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PMID:  2918486     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The performance characteristics of four 24-inch wheelchair tires are considered; one pneumatic and three airless. Specifically, two new airless polyurethane foam tires (circular and tapered cross-section) were compared to both a molded polyisoprene tire and a rubber pneumatic tire. Rolling resistance, coefficient of static friction, spring rate, tire roll-off, impact absorption, wear resistance, and resistance to compression set were the characteristics considered for the basis of comparison. Although the pneumatic tire is preferred by many wheelchair users, the two new polyurethane foam tires were found to offer a performance similar to the high-pressure pneumatic tire. In addition, the foam tires are less expensive and lighter in weight than the other tires tested.
J Gordon; J J Kauzlarich; J G Thacker
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of rehabilitation research and development     Volume:  26     ISSN:  0748-7711     ISO Abbreviation:  J Rehabil Res Dev     Publication Date:  1989  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-03-27     Completed Date:  1989-03-27     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8410047     Medline TA:  J Rehabil Res Dev     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  33-46     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Virginia, Rehabilitation Engineering Center, Charlottesville 22903.
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Equipment Design
Materials Testing*
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