The Aeroscope – video preview #2 and an improved Excel file (#4)

June 15, 2011

This is an improved version of the Aeroscope – the “Aeroscope_4”. It runs about 50% faster. Also if you start the model by clicking the green “Fly_by_settings” button you can fly hands-free and adjust parameters during the flight. You can at any time click the red dot in the center of the chart and start the joystick macro, which means that now you “pilot” the plane by the stick. Clicking…


Longitudinal Aircraft Dynamics #2 – 2D polynomial interpolation of parameters cl, cd and cm

May 24, 2011

In the previous section, the main wing airfoil and the horizontal stabilizer airfoil were simulated using Xflr5. The three coefficients, lift, drag and moment were then interpolated on charts in Excel using 4th and 5th order polynomials. This section shows a few tricks about how to easily introduce those 60 equations as spreadsheet formulas in Excel ranges. It also presents a simple linear interpolation method across the Reynolds number range. We need to do this since we simulated…


Longitudinal Aircraft Dynamics #1 – using Xflr5 to model the main wing, the horizontal stabilizer and extracting the polynomial trendlines for cl, cd and cm

May 23, 2011

This is a tutorial about using a free aerodynamic modeling package (Xflr5) to simulate two airfoils in 2D (the main wing and the horizontal stabilizer) for ten different Reynolds numbers, then using Excel to extract the approximate polynomial equations of those curves (cl, cd and cm) and based on them, simulate a 2D aircraft as an animated model. This section deals with the aero modeling and the 4th and 5th order polynomial extraction.


Aerodynamics Naive #3 – a brief introduction to Xflr5, a virtual wind tunnel

May 19, 2011

The previous section implemented and charted the ping-pong polar diagrams in a spreadsheet and showed a reasonble similarity, for moderate angles of attack, between these diagrams and the ones modeled using Xflr5, a virtual wind tunner. This section introduce the  concept Reynolds number and it also contains a very brief introduction to Xflr5, the free virtual wind tunnel software.


Aerodynamics Naive #1 – deriving the Ping-Pong airfoil polar diagrams

May 17, 2011

This is the ping-pong aerodynamic analogy. The wing is a ping pong bat and the air is a bunch of evenly spaced array of ping pong balls. It is a naive model but, as we will see in a later post, the polar diagrams derived from this analogy (between -12 to +12 degrees of angle of attack) are surprisingly close shape wise to the real diagrams of a thin, symmetric airfoil. The model of course cannot possibly calculate anything related…


2D Projectile Motion Model #1 – a virtual tactical shooting range

February 6, 2011

Hi Folks, As a kid was fascinated with high power rifles, sniper rifles, cannons and in general, fast projectiles. As a kid I’ve been brainwashed with all sorts of urban legends about how far an AK 47 or a pistol can shoot or how thick a steel metal plate a bullet can penetrate at various distances. I’ve also watched some documentary about snipers and there were talking about highly bent trajectories, how…


Drafting an RC Flying Wing in Excel

October 1, 2010

Hello everyone, I’ve been into flying wings since 2000 when I bought a Zagi online. As piloting style I can compare a flying wing to a snowboard ->> COOL. After abusing it greatly, I ended up mounting a couple of small Russian Norvel glow engines on it and eventually I had to bury it, since it became a pack of crumpled styrofoam. In 2005 I built another wing out of packaging tape and  foam (see below). I’ve been dreaming of a build-up…