PRESS RELEASE, Research and development of magnetic fields, aerodynamic flow fields and system components in the realistic control of steering wheel force-feedback simulators.


21 May, 2013
Vatner Industry, Trade and Services Ltd. has been granted an amount of HUF164,905,000 by the European Regional Development Fund for the implementation of its project GOP-1.1.1-11-2012-0488 entitled 'Research and development of magnetic fields, aerodynamic flow fields and system components in the realistic control of steering wheel force-feedback simulators'. With the HUF240,300,000 total amount of investment we are aiming to develop the technology and prototypes for realistically functioning force feedback systems to be used in driving and flight simulators.

In our project we are going to develop a yet unknown technology within the field of simulator parts, including airplane control wheels, which would help us create control devices providing a sense of realistic functioning and force feedback. The final results of these research and development tasks are going to include several new contents for both scientific and technical considerations.

From the research perspective it is significant, that the applied model is a mathematical model based on a special continuous system of differential equations, instead of a static solution, based on discrete interpolation tables.

In the field of mechanics we plan to use linear motors, which is an outstanding new feature. While rotating motors turn rotary motion into linear motion, it has undesirable implications for the 'sense' of simulation. The magnetic field as a power transfer medium is in direct connection with the moved control device, so there are no mechanical units which could stay inert or slow down the system.

Besides that, we take advantage of the fact that the dynamical properties of magnetic fields are very similar to that of the elastic force caused by air pressure on aircraft rudder blades. We have relied on this to create a model where the magnetic field acts as not only a power transfer medium, but also as an active working medium.

From a practical point of view, in case of airplane simulators this is the only technology that is suitable for realistically simulating trimming. This means that this product is capable of physically changing the centre position of the steering wheel without external force.

Project implementation has been started on 1st January, 2013.

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