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Aerospace Regarding aerospace software

  1. Oct 7, 2010 #1
    hi..
    i m currently given a task regarding RC helicopter. So i would to know what the software that can simulate the RC helicopter such in the terms of rotation speed, the aerodynamic aspect, or maybe to fly the helicopter under different condition heavy windy condition...
    Pls i m extreamly need help on this topic.
     
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  3. Oct 9, 2010 #2
    Microsoft Flight Simulator for basic flight and weather input.

    There are plenty of RC simulators out there (Google) to use.

    I take it you want to collect raw data on some aspect of the helicopter? You could just manually calculate it based on the different variables (rotor speed and the like).

    Perhaps you could elaborate on what the task is a bit more. If you are talking about being able to design a helicopter in the software and then have it analyse it's performance and aerodynamics for you then you aren't going to be in for much luck I'm afraid, at least not at a reasonable price.

    Even designing a basic model for MFS is a relatively complex task.
     
  4. Oct 10, 2010 #3
    "Perhaps you could elaborate on what the task is a bit more. If you are talking about being able to design a helicopter in the software and then have it analyse it's performance and aerodynamics for you then you aren't going to be in for much luck I'm afraid, at least not at a reasonable price."

    I cant understand about this paragraph? Because i need the software name n need to give the list of software as well as the capability of the software to my supervisor?
     
  5. Oct 10, 2010 #4
    What do you intend to do with the software? All you have said is you were "given a task". I can't help you with a software product unless I know what the task involves.
     
  6. Oct 10, 2010 #5
    basically i given task to analysis an RC-helicopter. n majoring in high voltage electric,n not aerospace student. So i m consider have less knowledge regarding this topic. So can u suggestion what are the analysis can be done with software u stated?
     
  7. Oct 10, 2010 #6
    Firstly, please use proper English in your posts. (Don't mean to sound harsh but it's the PF rules and will help me understand what you want better.)

    I didn't state any software for analysis.

    MSF is a game and won't allow you to do any testing.

    If you are a high voltage student, why would you have this task? There aren't any pieces of software you can just stick a design into and it will give you all of the answers. You can use certain CFD packages to allow you to look at the aerodynamics but you still need some knowledge of the field to be able to interpret the data. With regards to any other testing, it is generally conducted in a wind tunnel.
    The majority of items you can 'analyse' for an RC helicopter will be based in manual calculations and real life testing (go fly the thing).

    Again, can you tell me what you are required to analyse so I can give you a specific answer as to what you are looking for.
     
  8. Oct 10, 2010 #7
    Sorry for my bad grammar and usage of English.

    Firstly, it all regarding my final year project. I m doing project on automated control system. So i need to control the rotor speed of the RC helicopter by using micro controller,so that it will do routine such as hovering, move left of right and liftoff(take off) as well as landing. So there will a PCM transmitter that will send binary coded data to the micro controller so that it will execute the data received from the Transmitter. Thus to control the rotor speed can done by control duty cycle of the PWM that generated by the PIC(micro controller).

    The analysis i need require
    a. the rotor speed when RC helicopter hovering, liftoff and etc.
    b. flying the RC-helicopter in the different conditon, such as heavy wind.
     
  9. Oct 10, 2010 #8
    OK, now we're getting somewhere.

    a) To start, what do you know about the helicopter? I assume the blades are constant pitch? Which means the lift is controlled by RPM. As far as I'm aware, there isn't a piece of software available for you to simply plug in some details and come out with an answer. You would first need to calculate the lift generated at different rotor speeds (or do you know this? do you know the airflow through the rotor?) and then from there you can tell the required values for lift off, hover etc.

    b) Heavy wind and RC helicopters is a big no no. The lift component required would be no different to calm conditions, however, to compensate for the wind you would change the angle of attack of the helicopter. This would mean the rotor RPM would have to increase to ensure the downwards lift is kept constant. The RPM will change depending on angle of attack and so isn't just one figure.
     
  10. Oct 10, 2010 #9
    OK. Thanks for the info.

    How can i calculate the the lift generated at different rotor speeds (or do you know this? do you know the airflow through the rotor?) and then from there you can tell the required values for lift off, hover etc.
     
  11. Oct 10, 2010 #10
    You need to look at how the aerofoil of the rotor reacts at different air speeds and calculate the lift output. Not a simple task.

    This may help you:
    http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/K-12/airplane/foil3.html

    It isn't brilliantly accurate, but you could simulate your aerofoil shape and see what lift is produced by the rotor (very roughly) at different RPM.
    Once you've done that you can check the lift produced against the vehicles weight to see if it will fly / hover / descend.

    If this isn't part of your course, they can't expect you to do it. You should have the info you require to complete the task.
     
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