Title: Development of a mechanical maintenance training simulator in OpenSimulator for F-16 aircraft engines
Authors: Pinheiro, André 
Fernandes, Paulo 
Maia, Ana 
Cruz, Gonçalo 
Pedrosa, Daniela 
Fonseca, Benjamim 
Paredes, Hugo 
Martins, Paulo 
Morgado, Leonel 
Rafael, Jorge 
Keywords: Virtual worlds;OpenSimulator;Virtual learning;Cooperation;Task coordination;Aircraft engine maintenance
Issue Date: Dec-2014
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: PINHEIRO, André [et. al] - Development of a mechanical maintenance training simulator in OpenSimulator for F-16 aircraft engines. "Entertainment Computing". ISSN 1875-9521. Vol. 5 Nº. 4 (2014) p. 347–355
Abstract: Mechanical maintenance of F-16 engines is carried out as a team effort involving 3–4 skilled engine technicians, but the details of its procedures and requisites change constantly, to improve safety, optimize resources, and respond to knowledge learned from field outcomes. This provides a challenge for development of training simulators, since simulated actions risk becoming obsolete rapidly and require costly reimplementation. This paper presents the development of a 3D mechanical maintenance training simulator for this context, using a low-cost simulation platform and a software architecture that separates simulation control from simulation visualization, in view of enabling more agile adaptation of simulators. This specific simulator aims to enable technician training to be enhanced with cooperation and context prior to the training phase with actual physical engines. We provide data in support of the feasibility of this approach, describing the requirements that were identified with the Portuguese Air Force, the overall software architecture of the system, the current stage of the prototype, and the outcomes of the first field tests with users.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10316/27891
ISSN: 1875-9521
DOI: 10.1016/j.entcom.2014.06.002
Rights: openAccess
Appears in Collections:FPCEUC - Artigos em Revistas Internacionais

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