Optimal and coherence zone comparison within and between flight simulators

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From: Journal of Aircraft(Vol. 50, Issue 2)
Publisher: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.
Document Type: Author abstract; Technical report
Length: 197 words

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In flight simulation, motion-cueing algorithms are used to transform aircraft motion into motion within the simulator limits. When looking for the best match between visual and inertial amplitude in a simulator, researchers have found that there is a range of inertial amplitudes, rather than a single inertial value, that is perceived by subjects as optimal. This zone, hereafter referred to as the optimal zone, seems to correlate to the perceptual coherence zones measured in flight simulators. However, no studies were found in which these two zones were compared. This study investigates the relation between the optimal and the coherence-zone measurements within and between different simulators. An experiment was conducted at NASA Langley Research Center, where two simulators were used to measure the optimal and the coherence zone in the sway axis. Results show that the optimal zone lies within the coherence zone. The center of the optimal zone is significantly lower than the center of the coherence zone. In addition, it was found that, whereas the width of the coherence zone depends on the visual amplitude and frequency, the width of the optimal zone remains constant. No statistical differences between the two simulators were found. DOI: 10.2514/1.C031870

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