LAWRENCE -- This spring, the Aerospace Engineering Simulator Room (Learned Hall, Room 2C) will be available to use on Wednesdays from 3:00pm-4:00pm and Thursdays 11:45am-12:45pm, open to anyone interested in testing their skills.
Our Propulsion Simulator (from Price Induction) is a real-time response engine simulation station. This simulator is based on a high bypass ratio, geared turbofan engine. It is equipped with FADEC (Full-Authority Digital Engine Control) and engine control unit. It is a versatile system that allows the user to modify the parameters related to flight conditions by acting on outside conditions, throttle position, master switch and mode selector, at any time.
In addition, the engine simulator offers a wide range of applications on control systems, thermodynamics and aerodynamics that are very useful to our students. They can work with the operating parameters of the hydraulic circuits and fuel system. They may visualize the evolution of the engine’s thermodynamic operating parameters as well as airflow velocity in turbomachinery (stator-rotor) stages in the engine.
Our RC-1 Elite flight simulator was recently donated to the Department of Aerospace Engineering by Rear Admiral Gene Kendall. We upgraded to the 3D computer and graphics software in order to enhance the flight experience. The simulator is used to teach AE430 students how flight controls and instruments interact together. It is also used for demonstrations and Engineering Expo, a multi-day event that hosts students from kindergarten through 12th grade, so guests can fly it as well. The simulator is a wonderful addition to our department.
The simulator is placed in room 2C06 so that the display and cockpit is visible from the second floor hallway through glass doors so visitors as well as students can see it when in operation. Students and visitors who watch it, or better yet fly it, will hopefully further explore their interest in the engineering fields.