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3D Scientific Visualization of Wake Vortices using the Game Engine Unity3D

Franchini, Matteo (2017) 3D Scientific Visualization of Wake Vortices using the Game Engine Unity3D. Master's, Politecnico di Torino.

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Abstract

As a consequence of lift, aircraft's wings generate a pair of counter rotating wake vortices that represent a serious risk for following airplanes. Nowadays separation time standards between consecutive aircrafts, significantly influence the air traffic control, often leading to delays and congestions, and consequentially to a drop of the airport capacity. Having a 3D representation of this aerodynamic effect based on a real time vortex prediction model, could be useful to improve the management of the air traffic control in a specified airport, without loosing any degree of security. Thanks to the big development of the gaming industry, high performing graphic hardware has been produced and, short time later, different companies decided to implement software tools to exploit as much as they could this new type of standalone graphic cards. In this way different Game Engines started to arouse, born with the purpose of helping programmers in the process of game developing. However considered the great potential of game engines, some researchers started testing if these frameworks could be used not just for gaming but also to develop scientific simulations. In our project we wanted to do exactly this, using a specific game engine, called Unity3D, to create the graphic visualization of the wake vortices, basing the simulation on real data developed by a mathematical model. In the following chapters we will discuss in details why we chose Unity3D, how we implemented the simulation, what other tools we used, what results we reached and which development prospects our application can have.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/113575/
Document Type:Thesis (Master's)
Title:3D Scientific Visualization of Wake Vortices using the Game Engine Unity3D
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Franchini, MatteoPolitecnico di TorinoUNSPECIFIED
Date:2017
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Number of Pages:37
Status:Published
Keywords:Virtual Reality, Scientific Visualization, Game Engines, Wake Vortices
Institution:Politecnico di Torino
Department:Facoltà di Ingegneria
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:other
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L - no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - no assignment
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institut of Simulation and Software Technology > Software for Space Systems and Interactive Visualisation
Deposited By: Gerndt, Dr.rer.nat. Andreas
Deposited On:17 Aug 2017 10:06
Last Modified:17 Aug 2017 10:06

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