Cabin Comfort Environment Research Centre
The facility is where aircraft cabin designs
and airline cabin operations
will be developed, refined and tested
to improve revenues and lower costs for airlines.
This living facility will accommodate people
acting as cabin crew and passengers
to help the aerospace industry understand the needs
of those who take to the skies for work and travel.
Each of the following five research spaces
plays a specific role in the facility
airport terminal gate,
flexible cabin simulator,
human vibration laboratory.
As the name suggests,
the check-in area is where
people arrive to be processed
before their participation in the study.
The passengers and air crew will be checked in in a way
which is similar to the airport ticketing process.
After check-in, each person will be briefed to ensure
they understand their role and rights
as participants in a study.
Once a person consents to participating
a study may call for the person to:
take a pre-arranged and pre-weighted carry-on luggage;
be scanned in an NRC-developed 3D scanning process
designed to obtain anthropometric and facial details,
and/or physiological measurement system,
such as a heart rate monitor.
After the check-in area, people may go to one or more
of the other four research areas,
depending on the study's design.
Let's assume that the people will move towards
the airport terminal gate.
The airport terminal gate is a climate
and lighting-controlled space consisting of washrooms
ganged seating, TV displays, and flight information.
The airport terminal gate can be changed into a lounge
It would consist of typical features found in airports,
including wi-fi and powered connections.
From the airport, the passengers will board either
a decommissioned fuselage, or an assembled cabin.
In the fuselage laboratory, a decommissioned fuselage
is used when the study requires a full-length cabin.
The facility will have: vacuum waste, potable water,
electrical power and ventilation systems to ensure that
the cabin will be operated in a similar fashion
as it is during flight.
In the future, with sufficient industry demand,
the fuselage can be replaced with a motion platform for
the complete flight experience without the cost of flying.
The Flexible Cabin Laboratory is the flagship laboratory
of this facility.
The lab will allow any cabin configuration, new or old,
in sizes ranging up to a Boeing 777 or Airbus A330.
The lab can accommodate up to 20 rows of seats
at a 32-inch pitch.
Passengers will board the aircraft in a way which is similar
to the fuselage lab and will see the cabin as they would
in a real aircraft.
Temporary enclosed bridges will prevent passengers
from seeing any equipment and wiring installed
outside of the cabin.
During flight there will be systems in place
to recreate the cabin noise – ventilation,
LED cabin lighting, wi-fi and in-flight entertainment
There will also be fully functional lavatories
and galleys connected to aircraft power, vacuum,
and potable water systems.
3D camera systems will be installed to record and track
how passengers behave during a simulated flight.
The cabin noise system recreates the cabin noise through
an in-house designed vibration system
that emits noise from the cabin panels.
The cabin noise will be calibrated using microphones
used to record noise in a real aircraft during flight.
All of the systems will be connected to a central
data acquisition and control system located
in an adjacent control room.
From here, NRC staff will monitor the progress
of each simulated flight.
In special studies where vibration is a concern,
the Human Vibration Laboratory will be used.
The lab uses an in-house designed and built
vibration platform that can create a wide range of
frequencies in a climate and lighting-controlled environment.
As one example, the platform will be used
to evaluate seat comfort.
Work is already underway in developing the various systems
that will be installed in the Flexible Cabin Laboratory.
We have started with a used Airbus A320 cabin,
but other cabins, new and old,
will be supplied by our partners.
We look forward to working with you
as NRC nears completion of this world class facility.
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