Director of the Institute of Railway Research Simon Iwnicki gives a brief tour of the UKRRIN ‘THOMoS’ Train motion simulator
THOMoS is a state of the art rail vehicle motion simulator designed to provide a fully-featured passenger experience using motions generated from rail vehicle dynamics simulations (VAMPIRE, SIMPACK, VI-Rail etc.) or measured data. THOMoS allows users to travel on any vehicle and any route that can be simulated, even if they haven’t been built yet. The simulator is based around the latest generation of Bosch Rexroth servo-electric motion platform to provide accurate motion reproduction. The passenger ‘cabin’ is configured to represent a generic commuter / regional multiple units with seating for up to four passengers in either airline or table style seating. All seats are on tracking to allow easy fitting of alternative interior configurations of seat styles. The simulator is provided with 160km of UK scenery (city and rural) and has a configurable soundscape for representing various traction and track types. HVAC is provided to provide controlled conditions within the cabin, together with interior video monitoring and playback to monitor passenger’s reactions. This can be supplemented with a range of instrumentation to monitor the response of passengers and interior fittings.
Vehicle body module