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Wind tunnel study RiscPC turns up on telly

Published: 23rd Feb 2009, 05:50:15 | Permalink | Printable

Many of you were eagle-eyed enough to spot that a RiscPC appeared to be controlling a wind tunnel at the University of Kingston in London - which was featured in Richard Hammond's BBC 2 series Engineering Connections on the evening of Sunday, February 15. The particular episode looked into the A380 Super Jumbo. Let us know if you can shed any more light on the RiscPC's involvement at the university.

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My father works for Goodrich Power Systems (formally Lucas Aerospace), and has designed and developed an ATE (Automatic Test Equipment) for testing generator and ground power control units, which regulate power to the electrical buses on the plane.

The 3 * 37U Rack, called 'Configurable Automatic Test Equipment', has had at the heart of it an A420/1 for the core computer, and an A310 for Comms (via a Intelligent Interface Ltd. card) to the ATE, for many years.

These are in the process of being upgraded to A7000 FEs (due to the monitors dying and other circuitry, but have provided more than 20 years of continuous (24/7/365) service (they were switched off at Christmas, and to move factory).

Initially used for the Airbus A330 and A340 and other aircraft (such as Chinook helicopters).

This project originally started off life, based on a modest BBC B, which is sill testing to this day!

I am very proud of my father, and feel even more proud when I see his efforts in the skies above me. And of course, all programmed (BBC + RISC OS) in Forth.

 is a RISC OS Userem2ac on 23/2/09 6:51PM
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wow thought there might have been a response for this! :@(

 is a RISC OS Userem2ac on 2/3/09 9:52PM
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I'm interested but been a bit too busy to respond at length - drop me an email, we can work out a larger article on this.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 2/3/09 10:48PM
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Kingston University used software from a company called Si-Plan Electronics Research Ltd www.si-plan.com .

The software shown are:

!DPM applictation which shows any channel as a scaled and filter panel display. Display update on wimp poll.

!Display application (loaded on icon bar no windows open) which logs multiple channels. Logs can be made to a realtime display with configurable history length and to file at upto 1kHz sampling of all channels.

!WindTunnel application custom written for the Uni to control yaw and pitch of the object in the wind tunnel.

 is a RISC OS Userdaveward on 14/3/09 8:58AM
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My brother sent me the following yesterday - I didn't think it was appropriate for aol, but given its military nature, it might, at a stretch, fit this thread:

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 is a RISC OS UserLobey on 15/3/09 11:43PM
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