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VSimulators - Bath

VSimulators at University of Bath provides a bespoke environmental chamber combined with projected virtual reality for two research volunteers

Opening September 2019

Bath VSimulators offers a state of the art environmental chamber for multi-disciplinary research

Whether your research involves working in a high rise office building, exploring your newly designed building, understanding human responses to changing environmental conditions or exploring the human physiological responses to the built environment, we can provide the multi-disciplinary capability to fully explore human-environment interactions.

VSimulators at Bath - Key Features:

  • 3m x 4m self contained environment test chamber (supplied by Temperature Applied Sciences) which can be occupied by up to two occupants for extensive periods of time
  • a custom designed motion platform, with freedom of movement in two directions (designed and developed by Servotest Systems, in collaboration with University of Bath)
  • projected virtual reality, programmed to adjust the visual and audio sensory output according to the time of day and building height (designed and developed by Antycip Simulation, in collaboration with University of Bath)
  • motion tracking of occupants
  • physiological recording of human factor responses

Environmental Control Features:

The VSimulator facility at University of Bath offers precise environmental controls, as follows

  • Air Temperature : 15 to 40 degrees centigrade
  • Radiant Temperature : 15 to 40 degrees centigrade
  • Humidity : 20% to 80%
  • Air Flow : 0.05 to 1.5 m/s
  • Fresh Air : 1 to 10 l/s/p
  • Input of simulated sound : 0 to 100 Lp dB
  • Ability to adjust reverberation time : 0.2 to 1 seconds
  • Horizontal Illuminance : 50 to 2000 lux
  • Colour Temperature : 2000 to 6500 K

The projected reality apartment scene designed for VSimulators at University of Bath

VSimulators at University of Bath will uniquely enable the accurate re-creation of large amplitude, low frequency wind induced tall to super-tall building sway, with a reconfigurable room layout, such as an office, hotel room, apartment or hospital ward. This facility will link structural movement and environmental conditions, with human psychological and physiological responses, in a fully controllable environment.

The immersive projected virtual reality spaces will provide an environment in which to recreate the impact of subtle motion to enable a better understanding as to how this could affect the well being of people, their work performance or behaviour. This multi-disciplinary facility will enable research on human comfort, motion acceptability and habituation.

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