Efficient Prototyping of Linear Actuators Through Numerical Modeling

Within the gaming and aviation industries, there is a demand for simulators that imitate flight. Peripheral flight yokes are often used. The industry desires yokes that are both affordable and realistic. Recently, Iris Dynamics Ltd. has developed a new flight yoke that offers superior performance with respect to its competitors at a relatively low price. Their unique design is based on the use of a linear actuator, wherein the force on a magnetic shaft centered within current carrying coils is used to create the feeling of an actual flight yoke; their competitors simulate the feeling of flight through mechanical means. Using a single linear actuator is a novel approach to peripheral yoke design and scaling this technology is an active area of inquiry. The objective of the internships is to provide Iris Dynamics Ltd. with a numerical simulation tool that will allow for the optimal design of new flight yokes of various sizes, these designs being compatible with force, input power, and heat management specifications.

Intern: 
Max Bethune-Waddell
Faculty Supervisor: 
Kenneth Chau
Province: 
British Columbia
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