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.