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Simulation (SIM)

Courses

SIM 200  Aviation Simulation Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

This course emphasizes the importance of building a simulation system that delivers a flight experience that is realistic to the pilot. The student will develop a thorough understanding of the relationships between fidelity, FAA criteria for simulation approval, and pilot modal interaction with the simulation regarding senses, including pro-prioceptive, visual, tactile, and aural. Students will conduct an analysis of the need for motion and motion cueing to gain inferences on the associated effects on fidelity.

SIM 300  Flight Dynamics Algorithms  3 Credits

This course will derive the equations of motion of a 6 DOF aerospace vehicle. Stability derivative will be defined mathematically. The equations for static and dynamic stability of the longitudinal and lateral directional motion will be derived. Numerical integration methods in a suitable computer language will be used to solve these equations. Physical understanding of stability derivatives will be discussed at length.
Prerequisites: MA 345 Corequisites: AE 302.

SIM 400  Instrumentation for Flight Test  3 Credits (3,0)

Advanced instrumentation setups for aircraft flight testing. The following aircraft quality transducers will be discussed theoretically: accelerometers, rate gyros, strap-down gyro packages, digital pressure transducers, thermocouples, linear displacement transducers, load cells, and RPM transducers. Installation of the above instruments will be discussed. Calibration and errors will be investigated. This course includes a lab for installation and calibration of transducers on an aircraft.
Prerequisites: SIM 300 or AE 413 Corequisites: MA 345.

SIM 402  Introduction to Flight Testing  3 Credits (3,0)

An overview of the role and function of flight testing in the aerospace industry. Major topics will include past, present, and future of flight test, FAA and DOD certification processes, risk management, test planning and reporting, and an overview of the principal flight test methods and procedures for aircraft and engine performance, stability and control, handling qualities, avionics systems performance and integration, human factors evaluation, production and maintenance flight test, homebuilt flight test, and DOD operational flight test. Final project will involve team evaluation of an aircraft using Embry-Riddle simulators, including test planning and reporting. Lab fee required.
Prerequisites: AS 309 and SIM 200.

SIM 404  Fly-By-Wire Aircraft Simulation and Design  3 Credits (3,0)

This course addresses recent advances in automated flight control systems. Fly-by-wire aircraft architecture will be discussed. Aircraft simulations will be used to enhance and stabilize aircraft stability and handling qualities. Strategies such as theta control, c-star, and flight path angle control will be addressed.
Prerequisites: AE 413 and MA 345.

SIM 405  Simulation Visual Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

This course focuses on what is required to develop a simulation visual system that is realistic to the end user. The student will develop a thorough understanding of the hardware and software required to develop and display a visual database. Students will also understand requirements for visual systems in FAA-qualified devices and understand how a display system is constructed. In the laboratory the student will obtain hands-on experience with visual database development software by designing and testing a model that meets an actual requirement of the flight department and incorporating that model into the departments global database.
Prerequisites: SIM 200.

SIM 406  Aviation Simulation Systems Integration  3 Credits (3,0)

This course addresses recent advances and new applications in the expanding field of telecommunications and computer networks and their relationship with computer-based simulations. Students learn the principles for creating a distributed interactive simulation (DIS) environment that realizes a common operational environment among the systems. The course addresses creation of a DIS environment that is coherent in time and space. Students learn aspects of networking necessary to create real-time seamless simulated flight environments. Topics include ATM (asynchronous transfer mode), SONET/SDH (synchronous optical network/synchronous digital hierarchy), gigabit ethernet, 10 gigabit ethernet, OSI (open systems interconnection) reference model, TCP/IP (transmission control protocol/Internet protocol) transmission media, network topologies, network protocols, and network performance.

SIM 410  Flight Test and Simulation  3 Credits

An interdisciplinary, capstone course in flight-testing and simulation. This course will rely on interdisciplinary groups to perform flight tests and simulation matching for typical FAA certification of aircraft and simulators. Lab fee required.
Prerequisites: AE 413 or HF 310 or SIM 300 or AS 340.

SIM 412  Operational Applications in Simulation  3 Credits (3,0)

An interdisciplinary project based course for students in the Flight Test and Simulation Minor. The course will offer a comprehensive review of simulation applications as they relate to modern aviation/aerospace systems with the opportunity to obtain hands-on experience with a real world simulation design and development project. Major topics of discussion will include: applications of virtual environments for pilot training, database development, fidelity, human factors in simulation and training, performance assessment in simulation, current research, and the impact of simulator applications throughout the aviation industry.
Prerequisites: SIM 200.