robotic motion simulators
All BEC motion simualtors are based on commercial six-axes serial robots from KUKA, originally designed for use in industries as manipulator. The use of the robots in motion simulators offers many advantages over standard Stewart platforms with a hexapod motion system, for example higher dexterity, larger motion envelopes, sustained centrifugal accelerations, and the possibility to actually place pilots in extreme orientations (e.g. upside-down).
Science and research are part of our daily business. This gives us both the language and attitude for successful co-operation on science projects. At BEC, we offer research with specialized know-how in various areas. Despite the small amount of floor space it requires and its floor-level entry position (no entry platform is necessary), the motion simulator can move the pod in a remarkably large workspace. At the customer’s request, the simulator can be expanded with additional axes of motion (e.g. a linear axis or curved rail on the pod), and can also operate with customer-specific cockpits.
The first step toward interactive performance of a flight on a robotic arm was taken in 2010 by BEC at the Center for Robotics and Mechatronics of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), where a robot-based motion simulator was mounted on a 10 meter linear axis. Thanks to the modular design of the simulator pod, instrument modules could be easily exchanged, and different aircraft or helicopter simulations could be carried out.
ground vehicle simulation
RODOS ® – RObot based Driving and Operation Simulator for the simulation of various vehicle types, especially commercial, focuses on major aspects such as energy efficiency, productivity, durability, and reliability. These aspects have non-stationary characteristic and are acting over long time periods. Thus, it is required that all external inputs acting on the vehicle are considered and properly represented. The external inputs include not only vehicle loads but also direct inputs originated from the human operator.