Compute aerodynamic forces and moments using Digital DATCOM static and dynamic stability derivatives
Algorithms for calculating forces and moments build up the overall aerodynamic forces and moments (F and M) from data contained in the Digital DATCOM structure parameter:
F = Fstatic + Fdyn
M = Mstatic + Mdyn
Fstatic and Mstatic are the static contribution, and Fdyn and Mdyn the dynamic contribution, to the aerodynamic coefficients. If the dynamic characteristics are not contained in the Digital DATCOM structure parameter, their contribution is set to zero.
Static stability characteristics include the following.
|CD||Matrix of drag coefficients. These coefficients are defined positive for an aft-acting load.|
|CL||Matrix of lift coefficients. These coefficients are defined positive for an up-acting load.|
|Cm||Matrix of pitching-moment coefficients. These coefficients are defined positive for a nose-up rotation.|
|CYβ||Matrix of derivatives of side-force coefficients with respect to sideslip angle|
|Cnβ||Matrix of derivatives of yawing-moment coefficients with respect to sideslip angle|
|Clβ||Matrix of derivatives of rolling-moment coefficients with respect to sideslip angle|
These are the static contributions to the aerodynamic coefficients in stability axes.
CD static = CD
Cy static = CYββ
CL static = CL
Cl static = Clββ
Cm static = CM
Cn static = Cnββ
Dynamic stability characteristics include the following.
|CLq||Matrix of lift force derivatives due to pitch rate|
|Cmq||Matrix of pitching-moment derivatives due to pitch rate|
|CLdα/dt||Matrix of lift force derivatives due to rate of angle of attack|
|Cmdα/dt||Matrix of pitching-moment derivatives due to rate of angle of attack|
|Clp||Matrix of rolling-moment derivatives due to roll rate|
|CYp||Matrix of lateral force derivatives due to roll rate|
|Cnp||Matrix of yawing-moment derivatives due to roll rate|
|Cnr||Matrix of yawing-moment derivatives due to yaw rate|
|Clr||Matrix of rolling-moment derivatives due to yaw rate|
These are the dynamic contributions to the aerodynamic coefficients in stability axes.
Specifies the input and output units:
Meters per second
Feet per second
Pound per square inch
Pound per square inch
Specifies the MATLAB® structure containing the digital DATCOM data. This structure is generated
by the Aerospace Toolbox function
include dynamic derivatives in the generated output file, call the
datomimport function with the damp keyword. The Digital DATCOM
Forces and Moments block supports only Digital DATCOM, which is the 1976 version of
For more information on creating the digital DATCOM structure, see Importing from USAF Digital DATCOM Files (Aerospace Toolbox). This example shows how to bring United States Air Force (USAF) Digital DATCOM files into the MATLAB environment using the Aerospace Toolbox software.
Specifies coordinate system for aerodynamic force:
None (flat) or
None (clip) or
Specifies how to handle out-of-range input:
Clip to Range.
Specifies if out-of-range input invokes a warning, an error, or no action.
|Scalar||Contains the angle of attack.|
|Scalar||Contains the sideslip angle, in radians.|
|Scalar||Contains the Mach number.|
|Scalar||Contains the altitude, in selected length units.|
|Scalar||Contains the dynamic pressure, in selected pressure units.|
|Three-element vector||Contains the velocity, in selected velocity units and selected force axes.|
|Scalar||Contains the angle of attack rate, in radians per second. Appears when DAMP Control Card is used in input to Digital DATCOM.|
|Three-element vector||Contains the body angular rates, in radians per second. Appears when DAMP Control Card is used in input to Digital DATCOM.|
|Scalar||Contains the ground height, in select units of length. Appears when GRNDEF Namelist is used in input to Digital DATCOM.|
|Contains the control surface deflections, radians. Appears when ASYFLP or SYMFLP and GRNDEF namelists are used in input to Digital DATCOM.|
|Three-element vector||Contains the aerodynamic forces at the center of gravity in selected coordinate system: Body (Fx, Fy, and Fz), or Wind (FD, Fy, and FL).|
|Three-element vector||Contains the aerodynamic moments at the center of gravity in body coordinates (Mx, My, and Mz).|
The operational limitations of Digital DATCOM apply to the data contained in the Digital DATCOM structure parameter. For more information on Digital DATCOM limitations, see Section 2.4.5 of reference .
The Digital DATCOM structure parameters
delta must be strictly monotonically increasing
to be used with the Digital DATCOM Forces and Moments block.
The Digital DATCOM structure coefficients
must correspond to the dimensions of the breakpoints (
delta) to be used with the Digital DATCOM Forces
and Moments block.
 The USAF Stability and Control Digital Datcom, AFFDL-TR-79-3032, 1979.
 Etkin, B., and L. D. Reid, Dynamics of Flight Stability and Control, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1996.
 Roskam, J., “Airplane Design Part VI: Preliminary Calculation of Aerodynamic, Thrust and Power Characteristics,” Roskam Aviation and Engineering Corporation, Ottawa, Kansas, 1987.
 Stevens, B. L., and F. L. Lewis, Aircraft Control and Simulation, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1992.
See Importing from USAF Digital DATCOM Files (Aerospace Toolbox) for an example of how to create and format DATCOM data for this block.
an example of this block.