Mathematical biodynamic feedthrough model applied to rotorcraft

Joost Venrooij, Mark Mulder, David A. Abbink, Marinus M. Van Paassen, Max Mulder, Frans C.T. Van Der Helm, Heinrich H. Bulthoff

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Biodynamic feedthrough (BDFT) occurs when vehicle accelerations feed through the human body and cause involuntary control inputs. This paper proposes a model to quantitatively predict this effect in rotorcraft. This mathematical BDFT model aims to fill the gap between the currently existing black box BDFT models and physical BDFT models. The model structure was systematically constructed using asymptote modeling, a procedure described in detail in this paper. The resulting model can easily be implemented in many typical rotorcraft BDFT studies, using the provided model parameters. The model's performance was validated in both the frequency and time domain. Furthermore, it was compared with several recent BDFT models. The results show that the proposed mathematical model performs better than typical black box models and is easier to parameterize and implement than a recent physical model.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6588558
Pages (from-to)1025-1038
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jul


  • Asymptote modeling
  • biodynamic feedthrough (BDFT)
  • manual control
  • rotorcraft
  • rotorcraft-pilot-couplings

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Information Systems
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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