Implement quaternion representation of six-degrees-of-freedom equations of motion of custom variable mass with respect to wind axes
The Custom Variable Mass 6DOF Wind (Quaternion) block considers the rotation of a wind-fixed coordinate frame (Xw,Yw, Zw) about an flat Earth reference frame (Xe,Ye, Ze). The origin of the wind-fixed coordinate frame is the center of gravity of the body, and the body is assumed to be rigid, an assumption that eliminates the need to consider the forces acting between individual elements of mass. The flat Earth reference frame is considered inertial, an excellent approximation that allows the forces due to the Earth's motion relative to the "fixed stars" to be neglected.
The translational motion of the wind-fixed coordinate frame is given below, where the applied forces [Fx, Fy, Fz]T are in the wind-fixed frame. Vrew is the relative velocity in the wind axes at which the mass flow ( ) is ejected or added to the body.
The rotational dynamics of the body-fixed frame are given below, where the applied moments are [L M N]T, and the inertia tensor I is with respect to the origin O. Inertia tensor I is much easier to define in body-fixed frame.
The integration of the rate of change of the quaternion vector is given below.
Specifies the input and output units:
Meters per second squared
Meters per second
Kilogram meter squared
English (Velocity in ft/s)
Feet per second squared
Feet per second
Slug foot squared
English (Velocity in kts)
Feet per second squared
Slug foot squared
Select the type of mass to use:
Mass is constant throughout the simulation.
Mass and inertia vary linearly as a function of mass rate.
Mass and inertia variations are customizable.
The Custom Variable selection conforms to the previously described equations of motion.
Select the representation to use:
Use wind angles within equations of motion.
Use quaternions within equations of motion.
The Quaternion selection conforms to the previously described equations of motion.
The three-element vector for the initial location of the body in the flat Earth reference frame.
The three-element vector containing the initial airspeed, initial sideslip angle and initial angle of attack.
The three-element vector containing the initial wind angles [bank, flight path, and heading], in radians.
The three-element vector for the initial body-fixed angular rates, in radians per second.
Select this check box to add a mass flow relative velocity port. This is the relative velocity at which the mass is accreted or ablated.
|Vector||Contains the three applied forces in wind-fixed axes.|
|Vector||Contains the three applied moments in body-fixed axes.|
|Vector||Contains one or more rates of change of mass, positive if accreted, negative if ablated.|
|Scalar||Contains the mass of the body|
|3-by-3 matrix||Applies to the rate of change of inertia tensor matrix in body-fixed axes.|
|3-by-3 matrix||Applies to the inertia tensor matrix in body-fixed axes.|
|Three-element vector||Contains one or more relative velocities at which the mass is accreted to or ablated from the body in wind axes.|
|Three-element vector||Contains the velocity in the flat Earth reference frame|
|Three-element vector||Contains the position in the flat Earth reference frame.|
|Three-element vector||Contains the wind rotation angles [bank, flight path, heading], in radians.|
|3-by-3 matrix||Applies to the coordinate transformation from flat Earth axes to wind-fixed axes.|
|Three-element vector||Contains to the velocity in the wind-fixed frame.|
|Two-element vector||Contains the angle of attack and sideslip angle, in radians.|
|Two-element vector||Contains the rate of change of angle of attack and rate of change of sideslip angle, in radians per second.|
|Three-element vector||Contains the angular rates in body-fixed axes, in radians per second.|
|Three-element vector||Contains the angular accelerations in body-fixed axes, in radians per second squared.|
|Three-element vector||Contains the accelerations in body-fixed axes.|
The block assumes that the applied forces are acting at the center of gravity of the body.
Mangiacasale, L., Flight Mechanics of a u-Airplane with a MATLAB Simulink Helper, Edizioni Libreria CLUP, Milan, 1998.
Stevens, B. L., and F. L. Lewis, Aircraft Control and Simulation, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1992.