While much of the manufacturing is being done in the Carleton Department of Engineering machine shop, some of the larger and more complex components are also being contracted out to external manufacturers. It as always exciting when one of these parts is completed.
William Mcnair is overjoyed to receive the aluminum rings that will reinforce the entry and egress hatches in the cockpit sphere.
On February 28, the CUSP project team took a full-day trip to Montreal. The first half of the day was spent at the Centre for Intelligent Machines lab at McGill University, where a variety of innovative design work is being carried out in a wide spectrum of fields and applications. CUSP would like to thank the Centre for hosting us, as well as the many professors and graduate students who demonstrated their projects to us.
Nathan Schut tries out a haptic feedback device, while Kyle Cantal looks on.
In the afternoon, CUSP was fortunate to visit Mechtronix, a flight simulator company based out of Montreal. The team was given a guided tour of the factory floor, and even permitted to fly scenarios in two high-fidelity simulator platforms.
Bradley Jung and Jacek Kahn prepare to land a passenger jet in one of Mechtronix’ Class D simulator platforms.
The project team is extremely grateful to Mechtronix for this opportunity to explore the industry side of flight simulation.
The 2013-2014 CUSP project team standing beneath an unfinished simulator on the Mechtronix factory floor.
The Atlas simulator cockpit sphere is oriented through the use of mecanum wheels. The rollers in these wheels are composed of polyurethane, a material with poorly characterized response to loading. CUSP member Zack Copeland is performing original research on the material’s behavior. In the image below, the deformation of a prototype roller is being tested.
The following image shows the imprint left on the surface of the sphere when the roller is loaded with 1500 pounds of force.
While it will be some time before the prototype is fully operational, the 2013-2014 project team has set the ambitious goal of having a complete and partially mobile sphere to demonstrate at the year-end design review. A great deal of manufacturing is required in order to meet this objective. In the video below, Jasper van Waarden works on the passive wheel mounts that will take the weight of the sphere when the simulator is in operation.