Questions tagged [aerospace-engineering]

Aerospace engineering is the primary branch of engineering concerned with the research, design, development, construction, and testing of aircraft and spacecraft.

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Need some advice, control system animation. Appreciate some help!

I would like to have a 3d simulation of a helicopter landing on a ship. I thought about using matlab for this, as a far as I know you can connect models from Simulink to virtual worlds using blocks, ...
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I have a problem with my representation of roll in Simulink

I am currently an engineering student and a member of the aerospace club of my engineering school (ESILV) which is called LéoFly. We’re a team of 12 students and are building a Fusex (...
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Could a Fuel Breathing Engine Rather Than an Oxidizer Breathing Engine Work?

Here on Earth, the atmosphere is ideal for jet engines which combust a fuel using the native oxygen as an oxidizer. On another planet, might it make sense to carry oxidizer in the fuel tanks and scoop ...
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Aerospace bolts and washer combination

In my aerospace company we have repetitive discussions regarding the stacking of low tolerance fasteners with non-countersunk washers. For example a fastner NAS6703-X (size 10) has a max. base radius ...
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How does NASA's QueSST X-59 jet work?

The QueSST (Quiet Supersonic Transport) is a project to create a more diffuse sonic boom in order to use supersonic flight commercially without the usual abrupt 1~2 psf pressure spike damaging the ...
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Determining damped frequency and damping ratio from time domain data

I have some time domain data which are responses of an aircraft to various inputs (example: time vs. bank angle for lateral stick pulse input). I need to compute the effective damping ratio and damped ...
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How to convert the velocity field to a pressure field for obtaining the sound level?

I am studying jet mixing noise and I am given a velocity field, with $V_x$, $V_y$, $V_z$ in the Cartesian coordinates. I wanted to know if there is a method by which I could find some information ...
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In a nonlinear static two-step subcase, why does the load step decrease after the first step?

I am using MSC Nastran for nonlinear static analysis (sol 400). Step 1 contains a small perturbation load laterally on a thin-walled cylinder. Step 2 contains a very large compressive load. ...
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Airfoil meshing using ANSYS

Logged in a little time ago i have a new question. So I am trying to mesh an arifoil geometry using ANSYS meshing. Airfoil number is NACA 84-M profile. Running 2-D simulation my main objective is to ...
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Calculating mass flow rate of a scramjet engine?

First post here. I'm an undergraduate ME interested in fluid mechanics. I came across scramjets and I was interested about the engine. I want to calculate the mass flow rate of the engine and I made ...
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UAV 5-Channel Multispectral camera vs. modified RGB camera that resolves NIR

Looking into purchasing a drone. One has a dedicated 5-channel multispectral camera (Micasense RedEdge) the other has a modified Sony RGB camera that resolves the NIR spectrum. Can someone sum up the ...
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How are NASA's mars rovers able to operate with such little energy?

The latest Mars rover being, NASA's Perseverance, uses the Multi-mission radioisotope thermoelectric generator, which has a maximum power output at the beginning of it's operational life of 125 watts, ...
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How does my home built drone compare in power/weight to things like race cars or fighter jets?

I fly a home built quadcopter that is 120g all up weight and hovers at less than 15 percent throttle. I believe maximum thrust in the field is likely in excess of 500g. Needless to say this is a very ...
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Jacobians and Manipulator Dynamics

This is a Stanford Manipulator I started off working on it by initially setting up the DH table Transformation Matrix and then Homogeneous Transformation Matrix I started finding the linear and ...
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Stokes Number (characteristic length)

I am working with a high speed flow that is non-stokesian, but that isn't the issue. There are correction factors for that. I am attempting to figure out what value to use for the "characteristic ...
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Will high velocity air directed underneath a half-toroid shaped Coanda saucer by a centrifugal impeller create a lifting force?

I would like to know if a lifting force will be created by the Coanda effect from high velocity air that is directed underneath a half-toroid shaped saucer by a centrifugal impeller. I am seeking an ...
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How to properly use the lift-curve slope for divergence calculations?

I was reading Wright and Cooper's writings on static aeroelasticity and I think I'm missing something. To calculate the acting lift, the equation $L = q S a_1 \theta_0$ is used, where $q$ is the ...
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How to find old (especially Soviet/Russian) blueprints

I am interested in old blueprints, especially if related to aerospace (and from the old Soviet Bloc), things like these: Vostok blueprints Soyuz blueprint. Does anybody know if there is any methods to ...
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Specificities of satellite AOCS (Attitude and Orbit Control System) engineering

I'm still a graduate student in aerospace enginneering, in Europe. I specialised in control systems, and I'm interested in working in the satellite manufacturing industry. I'm especially curious about ...
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Superimposing a Vector Field onto a Toroid in Matlab

I am a systems and control PhD student in Aerospace Engineering. Currently, I am trying to create a wind shear model of a toroidal thermal "bubble" in Matlab similar to the one in this paper (shown ...
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how do i formulate a kalman filter for an upwash coefficient?

I want to make a kalman filter that will estimate the upwash coefficient $C_{\alpha_{up}}$ my state vector: $ X_k=[u \ v \ w \ C_{\alpha_{up}} ]^T $ My measurement vector: $ Z_k =[\alpha_m \ \beta_m ...
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Normal Shockwaves occurrence at cone tip with Angle Theta

I have a question regarding shockwaves. So as far as my knowledge, a flow moving at Ma= 1 will create a normal shockwave ($arcsin(1/Ma)$) , and a flow moving faster will cause an oblique shockwave. So ...
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In Nastran, how to ignore fatal error due to failed convergence and move on to next subcase?

At the moment the whole analysis stops when 1 subcase fails to converge. How can I keep the analysis going such that all subcases are are run, even if they all might produce an error? I'm pretty sure ...
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Extracting load info on Abaqus with Python

I have a model on Abaqus that I've managed to run some 85 jobs on manually. Between jobs, only the loads vary, and I select these loads by resuming what I need and suppressing what I don't with my ...
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Torque induced regular precession/ nutation calculation and visualization out of attitude Data

I have a rocket body with given Euler Angles, Quaternions and Angular-Velocities for given time steps. And I'd like to calculate the regular precession and nutation for every time step, so that I can ...
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What propulsion method: Franky Zapata hoverboard

Looking for the answer to what kind of engine provides the thrust on the French hoverboard on which its inventor, Franky Zapata, recently crossed the English Channel, I find the same phrase repeated ...
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How to minimize temperature increase caused by compression of a cryogenic liquid in a multistage high pressure turbopump?

The cryogenic fuel I'm using is methane at 100 K and 300,000 Pa. Based on my calculations, after compression, the pressure is 55 MPa and using the ideal gas equation the temperature is approx. 800 K. ...
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Designing a PID Controller for Satellite Control

As an Aerospace Engineering Student, I have been trying to make a project of a PID Controller to control the attitude response of a satellite using the parameters from a project called Kufasat. The ...
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Feasability of melting through ice crust with radiocative heater

I'm pretty interested in space exploration. Here I'm interested in a moon of Jupiter (Encealadus) which is covered by a thick ice crust, but apparently has at some depth a liquid water ocean which ...
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Honeycomb structures vs shear stress

Honeycomb structures are made of top and bottom shells and honeycomb geometry at core. In terms of bending load, maximun normal strains take place on top and bottom hence, sheet parts can support them ...
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Meshing Complex models in abaqus

I'm trying to mesh a model of a morphing wing in Abaqus and have been running into issues. It was recommended that I partition the model into smaller parts, but it seems that the more I try to ...
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What does 'Analysis Model Value' in NASTRAN optimization mean?

I am new to MSC NASTRAN and PATRAN. I am running a simulation on composite laminate optimization. While creating the design variables for the study, I noticed that there is a parameter called '...
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simulation of an attitude optimal Backstepping controller based quaternion for a UAV in MATLAB

I'am trying to implement this open access research article Attitude Optimal Backstepping Controller Based Quaternion for a UAV I did not find the same result in this paper Can anyone tell me where my ...
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Beam element stiffness matrix for variable area cross section with mass and shear center not coinciding

I would like to find the full (12 by 12) Timoshenko beam element stiffness matrix for a variable cross section with mass center axis and elastic center does not coincide. I have the full stiffness ...
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What is the theoretical relationship between sound and mass with respect to the sound barrier as a max velocity?

First post here, forgive me any faux-pas. In regards to compressible flow and accelerating a mass flow, such as in a converging nozzle, I know that you can't accelerate a mass past the speed of sound (...
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Given Pitch and Roll in one Heading, convert to co-planar pitch and roll for North

I have been pouring through countless articles about Euler's angles, rotation matrices, Rodriguez Rotation Formula, Quaternions, trying to understand how to generate an algorithm for this problem and ...
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In Raymer diagram “Take off parameter- Take off distance”, what is the difference among “balanced field length”, “over 50 ft”, “ground roll”?

Raymer in his book Suggests a method to find Wing Loading W/S (for example we consider jet with 2 engines) (starting from specific thrust T/W, CLto, density/reference density etc.). In step 1: he ...
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Sliding mode surface derivative exact matrix format (ds/dx)

Is there any suggestion on sliding surface state derivative matrix (ds/dx) format? ...
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Calculating angle of attack and relative air velocity for 3DoF simulations

I am working with a 3DoF simulator to implement dynamics mentioned in this paper: "Reusable Launchers: Development of a Coupled Flight Mechanics, Guidance, and Control Benchmark" which is ...
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Can we collide two Nano Spacecraft moving at 20% speed of light?

Nano spacecrafts are gram level silicon chips that will be accelerated to 20% of the speed of light to reach Alpha Centauri in 20 years. I wonder if we can break the weight limitation by shooting ...
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Calculating Gearing Ratio from Constrained Rotational Linear Arc and Horizontally Opposed Rotation

I'm 3D printing an aircraft throttle unit as a POC and am trying to calculate the gearing ratios that are required in order transfer the full range of linear motion into a directionally opposed sensor ...
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Using XFoil to generate data for various Mach numbers

I am attempting to use XFoil to generate a list of coefficients of a given airfoil at a range of speeds. The first issue I faced is that it appears with XFoil, you give it a Reynolds number (which ...
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Artificial gravity with accelerating elevators enclosed in a gigantic sphere

If we could be able to construct a gigantic hollow sphere, multiple elevators/chambers can glide in the interior of the sphere, accelerating and decelerating without colliding, providing artificial ...
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Problem with relative reference frames

I came across this problem a while ago and I'd like to solve it, but I'm not even sure where to start. How would I start this problem and what formulas do I need? I'm not asking for a solution, but ...
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How do I physically protect solar panels from snapping when dropped?

I am creating a system that I drop from 20m to the ground and I want it to be solar powered. Weight is an issue so I am trying to minimise it as much as I can. How can I ensure that the solar panels ...
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How does this transformation actually happen?

I cant exactly give you the complete relevant details of the variables but assume the following (bold means vector): B(x) ~ $\frac{1}{8\pi}*(\nabla\frac{1}{r})\times\int \mathbf X'\times \mathbf \...
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Analytical calculation vs FEA

In terms of calculated stress, strain, displacement etc which method yields more conservative results. Analytical calculation or numeric calculation?
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Determining thrust equations for a custom UAV

I have been tasked to mathematically model and simulate a 2 propeller, 2 motor UAV. But I am struggling with determining the thrust equations, of the propeller, for my design. I know that: Ft = Ct * ...
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Method of Characteristics nozzle - outputs area ratio?

I am designing a rocket engine as my final project at college, and I tried using a MatLab code developed by youtuber JoshTheEngineer. However, after running the code, it seems that the output points ...
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How to determine the banking angle of a quadcopter/helicopter due to unbalanced load along the X-axis?

What theories/equations can be used to determine the banking angle of a quadcopter/helicopter due to unbalanced load, given that the load will only shift along the X-axis