SRSSIMONA Research Simulator

Contact details:

ir. Olaf Stroosma
Kluyverweg 1, 2629 HS Delft

The SIMONA Research Simulator is a human-in-the-loop vehicle simulator that can be used to study human-machine interaction for aircraft, helicopters and cars. It provides a realistic visual, haptic, and vestibular environment in which the combined human-machine system can be studied at lower cost than in the real-world vehicle. Relevant research topics include human perception and control, automation and display design, handling and ride qualities, and (air) traffic management procedures.

The SIMONA Research Simulator is a custom-built flight and automotive simulator used for research into human-in-the-loop simulation techniques and human-machine interaction. As a testbed for technological advances in both simulator hardware and software it is used by researchers interested in topics such as vehicle modelling, motion cueing and control, real-time software engineering, control loading, and image generation. As an operational flight and car simulator it can be used to investigate human-machine interaction (flight and automotive displays, fly-by-wire and drive-by-wire algorithms, haptic interfaces), as well as to perform fundamental research on human perception and control behavior. At the operational end of the research spectrum the simulator is used in Air Traffic Management projects, e.g. for evaluation of novel approach procedures.
With a cabin based on a generic airliner flight deck, loaded flight controls for aircraft, helicopters, and cars, a collimated wide-angle outside visual and a six-degree-of-freedom motion system the SRS provides a realism level that lies between the University’s Human-Machine Systems Lab and the Cessna Citation II Laboratory Aircraft. Due to the common software infrastructure used in these facilities a continuous development path exists from initial desktop simulations, through the fixed-base HMI-Lab and the SRS to the aircraft.
The simulator is used for BSc. and MSc. lab work in the fields of flight dynamics, human perception and control, helicopter design, and flight simulation technology. Bigger experiments on the simulator are undertaken by students working on their MSc. or PhD theses.
Cooperation with industry and academia partners takes the form of larger consortium-type projects (e.g. FP7 projects SAFAR and ACROSS) and one-on-one projects with industry and academia.

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Physical Sciences and Engineering