Faculty Advisor

Cowlagi, Raghvendra V.

Faculty Advisor

Demetriou, Michael A.


The project’s goal is to build a motion platform that emulates the motion of an air carrier deck under varying sea conditions. This is the first of a series of projects that will lead to an autonomous helicopter landing on a platform that can measure weight distribution and impact force. The motion platform, run by three 14.4W motors is 1 meter long and 0.49 meters wide. Designs of the motion platform were performed using Solidworks. Kinematics, motion and ocean dynamics studies were performed using Matlab and Simulink. The ocean conditions were calculated and translated into gear rotations using Simulink as sine waves degrees per time. An Arduino, a single-board microcontroller was then programmed to take these gear rotations and send pulses to the motors to execute the maneuver.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2014


Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering