VSimulators at Exeter, managed by the University of Exeter, is based at Exeter Science Park. It is part of the joint VSimulator facility co-located between the Universities of Exeter and Bath (please see separate equipment page for VSimulators at Bath) aimed at exploring human response to vibrations and environmental effects.
The facility will support fundamental research in multiple disciplines, including structural engineering, sport science, healthcare, physiology, entertainment, transportation, defence, and movement science, and will also support applied research in structural design. VSimulators at Exeter has extensive engagement with the structural engineering community.
Activities within VSimulators at Exeter will include simulation of structural environments reproduced in virtual reality and with imposed multi-axis support motion, such as would be experienced on a lively office floor, bouncy footbridge or swaying tall building. In other disciplines, movement can be analysed in detail using powerful motion capture and ground reaction measurement technology. VSimulators at Exeter will be able to immerse up to nine people in a virtual environment, such as at a football stadium or on a crowded footbridge to study interactions among people and, simultaneously, with a moving structure.
VSimulators at Exeter will support rational design of sustainable structures by improving vibration design guidance or by putting customers directly in a simulation to judge vibration performance as part of the design process.
The facility has been used in fundamental research projects since July 2020.
|Who can use the facility||Functions/facilities available|
|Industry (applied research and consultancy)||Equipment, use of meeting facilities|
|PhD students||Equipment, temporary desk|
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Contact Professor James Brownjohn