which way does a motor pul - RC Groups
Sep 04, 2004, 08:15 AM
high tech redneck

# which way does a motor pul

I think I mounted this motor wrong I gave it down and right....isnt it that the motor will natually pull up and right???
 Sep 04, 2004, 09:03 AM Registered User Mounting with a little down thrust and right thrust is perfectly normal (assuming it's not a pusher). Not all models need either down or right but I don't think I've ever met one that needs left . Steve
 Sep 04, 2004, 09:23 AM Registered User Under power there will be a tendency for the aircraft to climb - hence the need for ~3 degrees downthrust. Now to the "right thrust": Look at your aircraft head on - the prop will be turning counterclockwise won't it. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction - thus the aircraft will have a tendency to roll clockwise, as an opposite reaction to the centripetal force exerted by the counterclockwise turning prop. Rolling clockwise will drop the left wing, thus instigating a left turning action - giving the motor ~3 degrees right thrust will balance out this left-turn tendency. Physics 101 - I hope you can understand this ill-expressed explanation! Cheers, Phil
 Sep 04, 2004, 09:42 AM high tech redneck Thanks guys. I got it now.
Sep 04, 2004, 02:21 PM
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 Originally Posted by crudpuppy I think I mounted this motor wrong I gave it down and right....isnt it that the motor will natually pull up and right???
A motor only pulls in the direction it's pointed. (With the exception of gyroscopic procession) Other pitch yaw issues are airframe related.

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 Look at your aircraft head on - the prop will be turning counterclockwise won't it. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction - thus the aircraft will have a tendency to roll clockwise, as an opposite reaction to the centripetal force exerted by the counterclockwise turning prop. Rolling clockwise will drop the left wing, thus instigating a left turning action - giving the motor ~3 degrees right thrust will balance out this left-turn tendency.
This is dependent on the aircraft, but a right offset is only used to counter slipstream spiral, and P-factor.
If the aircraft is setup with 0 right thrust, and is flying relatively straight adding 3 degrees of right will only cause the aircraft to yaw to the right with power.
At flying speeds the wings provide such a stabilizing force that torque is a minor factor to consider. A slight right aileron trim may be needed though.
I must stress that the type of model makes a huge difference in how you look at offset.