VSimulators at Exeter

VSimulators at Exeter

VSimulators at Exeter is designed to support fundamental and applied research in human motion tolerance and performance in the built environment.

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 supports fundamental research in multiple disciplines, including structural engineering, sport science, healthcare, physiology, entertainment, transportation, defence, and movement science, and also supports applied research in structural designVSimulators at Exeter has extensive engagement with the structural engineering community. 

Activities within VSimulators at Exeter 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 can 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 also supports 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

Academic researchers


VSimulators equipment

Industry (applied research and consultancy) Equipment, use of meeting facilities 
PhD students Equipment, temporary desk
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Facility highlights

  • £3.25m EPSRC investment
  • 64m2 test area
  • 6-axis 3.8m2 motion platform, nominal range 0.5-40Hz, micron to 2m/s2
  • 3.6m x 3.6m tri-axial force plate array
  • 9-person virtual reality with HTC Vive-pro headsets
  • OptiTrack active and passive motion capture over platform and surrounding area
  • Platform motion synchronised with 360-camera or immersive environment 

Find out more 

Visit website

Contact Professor James Brownjohn 



Watch the VSimulators presentation download the slides as a PDF.