[MBDyn-users] lift and drag coefficients

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Thu Dec 16 09:41:57 CET 2021

Thank you,

Very helpful and quick to reply.

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Sent: 16 December 2021 08:39
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Subject: Re: [MBDyn-users] lift and drag coefficients

Hi Antonio,

you can find two examples in the MBDyn source folder:


grossly what they contain are lists of angle of attacks, as 3 rows: first the CL, then CD, and then CM.
The columns are the Mach numbers.
You can then adapt these files to your needs by scripting a conversion from, for example, xfoil, CFD, literature,... You have to get the data for the Reynolds numbers that suit you (or simulate Reynolds based on the column Mach number...)

Kind regards,


On 16.12.21 09:08, MBDyn users list wrote:
Dear Members of MBDyn,

I am thankful for all your help and guidance you have given me in this period.

I have a question rather connected with aerodynamic beam elements. I would like to know how to introduce lift and drag coefficient in my model, using airfoils. I have noticed there is a proper format which is called c81. Is there a proper way to use c81, having proper airfoils of angles of attack, lift coefficients and drag coefficients? What about the format of the airfoils?

Thank you for your kind attention.

Best Regards,


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