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Development of a sailing dinghy simulator


Gale, TJ and Walls, JT, Development of a sailing dinghy simulator, Simulation, 74, (3) pp. 167-179. ISSN 0037-5497 (2000) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1177/003754970007400304


A sailing dinghy simulator was developed that recreated the task of sailing in the laboratory. The simulator comprised the deck of a sailing dinghy, a pivoting support frame, a control system, instrumentation, a mathematical model of sailing dinghy dynamics and a computer simulation with a three-dimensional graphics display. Pneumatic rams were used to apply motion feedback. Estimated dinghy performance data were calibrated using on-water recordings of boat speed. A sailor's ability in sailing to windward was assessed using the simulator. The sailor performed typical sailing tasks, including tacking, hiking and judging laylines, and their activities were recorded for subsequent analysis. It was found that the simulator successfully simulated dinghy sailing and that the recorded data were useful for analysis of sailor performance. The simulator may be used in the training and assessment of sailors, ranging from the raw beginner through the experienced sailor. ©2000, Simulation Councils, Inc.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Artificial intelligence
Research Field:Modelling and simulation
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Other information and communication services
Objective Field:Other information and communication services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Gale, TJ (Dr Timothy Gale)
UTAS Author:Walls, JT (Professor Justin Walls)
ID Code:19717
Year Published:2000
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Anatomy and Physiology
Deposited On:2000-08-01
Last Modified:2001-06-18

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