Controlled 3-Axis Model Support System
several years of development, the RHRC computer controlled model support
has been constantly improved to provide smooth, accurate, dynamic
motions. The current baseline configuration provides 3 rotational
degrees of freedom, which can be combined to produce rotational motions
about any axis. When combined with RHRC's submersible 5-component
force and moment balance, vehicle dynamic behavior can be quantified in
terms of damping derivatives, rotary- balance derived spin susceptibility,
and non-linear characteristics. A
large number of experiments are possible with this model support.
RHRC also provides a variety of specialized model supports for linear
motions such as plunge, heave and sway.
model support, data acquisition, and water tunnel control systems are
all written in National Instruments' LabVIEW graphical programming
language. This provides a simple point and click interface to all
experiment generation and data processing tasks.