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Developing advanced vibration performance assessment for new generation of lightweight pedestrian structures using motion platform and virtual reality environments

Project description

Virtual reality and vibration testing for lightweight walkways

From wood, stone, brick and mortar, and iron and steel, construction materials have significantly evolved over the centuries. Today’s constructions use lightweight materials like aluminium, titanium and composites with polymer, metal and ceramic matrices. These materials are resulting in the development of aesthetically pleasing public structures like footbridges and walkways and corridors between buildings at airports and shopping malls. The EU-funded vPERFORM project will develop predictive models of vibration performance for lightweight pedestrian structures. It will use a multidisciplinary approach, combining analysis techniques from human motion science and mathematical modelling with structural engineering applications. Experimental data will be collected on a full-scale footbridge and in a purpose-built VSimulators motion platform facility that incorporates virtual reality headsets for simulating realistic structure environments.


Net EU contribution
€ 224 933,76
The Queen's Drive Northcote House
EX4 4QJ Exeter
United Kingdom

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South West (England) Devon Devon CC
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00