Aircraft Aerodynamics – Multibody, Multi-Domain Physical Model in MapleSim – Maplesoft

Aircraft Aerodynamics

This model simulates the aerodynamics of an aircraft, incorporating the aircraft body model, aerodynamic data, and controller design. The aircraft body is characterized through a mass and inertia matrix, and driven through applied forces to the rigid body centre of mass frame. Nonlinear functions of angle-of-attack, air density variations, and more are implemented with lookup table data.

The attached OptimalControl and ControlLQG templates provide analysis and optimizations for controller design.


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Model Images
  • AircraftAerodynamics Custom CAD geometry helps to illustrate the aircraft aerodynamics seen here.
  • model Model diagram of aircraft body, aerodynamic data, and controller design.
  • plots Output of altitude and angle of attack.