The Astro Spiral Jump-An Automobile Stunt Designed via Computer Simulation 760339
An unusual application of a computer simulation of automobile dynamics to the design of a thrill show stunt is described. The rationale for development of the simulation for highway safety applications is discussed and the general analytical approach is described. Computer graphics displays of simulation outputs, consisting of detailed perspective drawings of the vehicle and terrain features or obstacles at selected intervals of time during a simulated maneuver, are presented. For the presentation of the paper, computer graphics displays of simulation outputs will be animated through the use of motion picture film. Also, motion picture coverage of both developmental tests and public performances of the Astro Spiral Jump will be shown.