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Development of an Expanded Arduino Interface Board PCB Module for Large Commercial Jet Simulator

Eunghyun Lee and Yongjin (James) Kwon
Department of Industrial Engineering, Ajou University, Suwon, South Korea, Zip 443-749

Abstract—In this paper, a PCB module for a large commercial jet simulator is developed by using the Arduino Leonardo. For any large commercial jet simulators, it is necessary to convert the user inputs to properly conditioned electric signals and send to a computer. This is where an interface board plays an important role of connecting the computer and the simulator. Even though commercially available interface boards can be used for the flight simulators, there are some major disadvantages such that they should be properly subordinated to a flight simulator by considering the characteristic of each flight input device, hence requiring specific system drivers as well as signal conditioning logic. To overcome these disadvantages, the authors developed the interface board using the Arduino, which is based on an open source microcontroller. The data mapping table and conditioning logic have been created in order to process the user inputs from a potentiometer. Additionally, to connect the board with the computer, a customized PCB interface board has been designed and fabricated. The developed system shows good performance in terms of stable and consistent signal output

Index Terms—interface board, interface module, Arduino, PCB, mapping table, conditioning logic

Cite: Eunghyun Lee and Yongjin (James) Kwon, "Development of an Expanded Arduino Interface Board PCB Module for Large Commercial Jet Simulator," International Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Research, Vol.4, No. 4, pp. 309-313, October 2015. DOI: 10.18178/ijmerr.4.4.309-313