Strict safety standards and the need to operate increasingly complicated systems makes training on simulators necessary for every rail vehicle driver.
Simulators offered by ETC-PZL Aerospace Industries enable users to gain and master practical driving skills in their typical railway environments and develop safe and economical driving habits. Simulators also help verify if someone if fit to become a driver. Upon customers’ request, they can be provided medical equipment to record all the important psychophysical parameters of the tested driver.
The simulator cabin can be a replica of a concrete vehicle or it can be universal. All the characteristics of the simulated vehicle, movement dynamics and functioning of its systems and equipment fully imitate the actual system. In order to enhance the impression of actual movement, the cabin can be built on a motion platform.
The visual system generates and displays realistic visuals. The virtual environment, in which the simulated vehicle is moving, includes 3D terrain with infrastructure, moving objects (vehicles and people) and weather conditions. The database can cover actual or generic terrain. Accurately rendered railway traffic control instruments and infrastructure are also key elements in the virtual environment.
The sound system generates basic sounds heard in the locomotive cabin and provides communication between the instructor and the trainee. The simulator software makes it possible to create a variety of exercises.
In preparing an exercise, the instructor can select:
- Train set configuration (number of cars and weight of the load)
- Type of terrain (lowlands, hills, mountains)
- Weather conditions (rain, snow, visibility, etc.)
- Season and time of day
- Traffic conditions
The instructor can change or supplement the scenario in the course of an exercise. It can also simulate various types of locomotive system malfunctions and emergency situations. Every exercise is recorded, facilitating post-training analysis and evaluation.