The Motion Simulation Laboratory is home to the simRING, which is anchored by a 2000E 6-DOF motion simulator, generously gifted by Moog, Inc. These motion systems support a wide range of applications including driving, flight, large equipment and entertainment.
Faculty and staff members show the National Science Foundation director the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences' motion simulation lab.
The simRING features the front end of a car mounted on a moving platform that emulates the real-life motions of a car as it reacts to turns, changes in elevation, and other road conditions. A 360-degree, 16-foot diameter, 6’ high screen fully surrounds the simulator vehicle, which provides the driver with a full-fidelity depiction of surrounding traffic, landmarks, and roadway conditions. The system likewise features on-board controls to navigate the simulator, as well as a stereo sound system that emulates noises heard inside and outside the vehicle during a typical driving excursion.
The technical capabilities of the MSL have enabled more than $6 million in faculty-driven research over the last decade.