Virtual On line
June 22, 2020
June 22, 2020
June 26, 2021
Undergraduate students majoring in aerospace engineering are typically required attend courses which consist of the traditional classroom approach, including lecture presentations and handouts, making the learning process monotonous and repetitive. Even when discussing the more complex topics such as flight dynamics and aircraft controls, students are expected to develop a fundamental understanding while presented with material which is limited by the walls of a classroom. In recent years, innovative approaches to teaching, such as hands-on learning techniques are being adopted to increase student engagement and encourage long term learning and retention of these complex concepts. With the recent advances in virtual reality tools – including inexpensive hardware and commercial software, there is an opportunity to incorporate this virtual environment into a conventional course and bridge this disconnect between material limited by a physical classroom and realistic flight dynamics and controls.
In this student paper, we discuss the design and development of an interactive, Virtual Reality (VR) environment to aid in teaching the design of flight controllers using classical control techniques. This environment is being designed to provide a collaborative space where the user could manipulate objects (with their hands) representing poles and zeros of the dynamic system (aircraft) as well as the compensators. This interaction with the poles and zeros of a system will be tied to a controller design/validation tool in the background, so that the user will be able to visualize the results from the controller inputs on the dynamic system within the virtual environment. Such an environment will enable a user to visualize how the effects of controller design choices directly affect an aircraft’s performance – in both open loop and closed loop configurations.
Davies, E. J., & Calnoor Rajashekar, S., & Gururajan, S. (2020, June), Design and Development of a Virtual Environment to Enable Interactive Teaching of Aircraft Flight Dynamics and Control Concepts (Work in Progress) Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34390
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