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Dec 05, 2006, 09:22 AM
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e-flight calculators & propdata (compilation)

I will compile the calculators mentioned in this thread, in this first message.
Please post broken/old/rotten links so I can fix/remove them.

1 - Calculators
2 - Motor- and prop-databases
In the first section the list of calculators, in the second section the links to prop- and motordatabases
There is some overlap, so be sure to check both lists.

1 - Calculators
  1. eCalc (€/$)
    propCalc, xcopterCalc, fanCalc, heliCalc
    English, Deutsch, Čeština, 中文, Español, Português, Français, 日本語, فارسی, Polski, Pусский, Nederlands
    5$ a year subscription
    Youtube channel
    xcopterCalc tutorial
    propCalc tutorial
  2. Drive Calculator
    Motor analysis and computation of the complete power system.
    Christian Persson/Helmut Schenk, English & German, Windows/Mac/Linux
  3. Propellor Calculator
    Computes the performance data of propellers with a given geometry, notably in-flight thrust and power drain across the utilizable airspeed range.
    Helmut Schenk, English & German, Windows & Mac
    → propellor calculator (bottom of page)
  4. MM_calc
    Louis Fourdan, English
    → téléchargements (link at top of page)
    → moteurs
    → MM_calc
    → English or French version
    Aero-nuts freeware
  5. MM_Calc derivatives
    All 6 are on rep. websites and/or RC-Groups + electrofly.free.fr
  6. APCE propeller thrust and absorbed power estimating program - RCG
  7. Measuring motor power without standard props, by running the motor with a calibrated "stick" fitted in place of the propeller prop:
  8. User yomgui's calculator/optimizer, Excel based
  9. Motocalc (€/$)
  10. Elektro-Antrieb (German only, €/$)
    AFAIK the first e-flight calculator, by Wilhelm Geck.
    Site does not exist anymore.
  11. P-calc
  12. ElectriCalc
    Sid Kauffman - ElectriCalc Designer & Friend
  13. Mumtats, user vintage1
    MUMTATS IS HERE! For inveterate experimenters and motor builders
  14. user Rod Badcock's thrust-, prop- and motor-calculators
  15. WebOcalc and PowerCalc (Free Open Source Software)
    (flbeagle.rchomepage.com → software)
    WebOCalc - Free, easy power system help! - RCG
    WeboCalc - Free software for choosing motors - Part III - RCG
  16. Adam One Motor/Prop calculator (freeware)
  17. Thrust calculator (freeware)
  18. Thrust calculator (freeware)
  19. Prof. Mark Drela's prop calculator
  20. Dr. Martin Hepperle's prop tools
    → Javaprop
  21. Jim Blanner's (user jrb) calculator
  22. PropEngine, Jim Kitt a.k.a. Aeroplayin - RCG
    Power Systems for Extreme Flight Fanatics! - RCG
  23. RC E-Calc - Electric flight calculator for Android phones
  24. Flight Calc, for props, edf's and helis
    → support
    → tech support
    → Flight Calc
2 - Motor- and prop-databases
  1. Lots of prop info and links in Louis Fourdan's sticky
    Propellers (sticky)
  2. Motor Data - test bench data for several hundred brushless motors - RCG (sticky)
    The database, several selection options
  3. APC propeller performance data
  4. Flybrushless prop database
  5. Prof. Michael Selig's propdata and tools, a.o. APC props
  6. Aeronaut, APC & Slowflyprop
    → TM Configurator
    → Aeronaut, APC & Slowflyprop tabs
  7. APCE propeller thrust and absorbed power estimating program - RCG
  8. Determining motor constants
    → motor constants
    Christo van der Merwe a.k.a. RCG user Skylar
  9. How to add tested motor data to Drive Calculator by Ken Myers (www.theampeer.org)
    Collecting Motor Data for Input Into Drive Calculator
  10. Measuring Brushless Motor Resistance (Two Digital Meter Method) - WFF
  11. Practical diy dynamometer - RCG
  12. Several diy test rig designs, thrust and dynamoter
  13. Theory and profiles by dr. Helmut Quabeck
  14. The math behind calculators and motors.
    Brushless motors are just brushed motors with electronic commutation (the ESC) instead of mechanical commutation (the brushes). Math is identical for both types.
  15. Motor Modellierung Theorie (pdf, German), by Helmut Schenk.
  16. krex.k-state.edu/dspace/bitstream/handle/2097/1507/JamesMevey2009.pdf
    chapter 3 : Motor + ESC theory and modelization

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Dec 05, 2006, 09:48 AM
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Dec 06, 2006, 02:20 PM
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Here is another one for thrust/rpm: http://www.gobrushless.com/testing/t...calculator.php

and another estimator: http://www.adamone.rchomepage.com/calc_motor.htm
Dec 19, 2007, 11:36 AM
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Brand dedicated Motor Calc


In the serie you have
MM_Calc (see Ron post #1) on electrofly
You have the cousins in any order
1) Scorpion Calc http://www.scorpionsystem.com/downloads/
here v3.68 (sep 2017) : https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=736782
SC v4 beta with plane wizard : https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1388429
2) Dualsky Calc v3.26 04 feb 2017
3) MotrolFly Calc 2.36 http://www.subsonicplanes.com april 2009
4) ARC Calc https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...819392&page=25 post #373 pg 25
5) Aero-nuts Calc http://www.aero-nuts.com
6) Himax Calc http://www.maxxprod.com/
All 6 are on rep. websites and/or RC-Groups + electrofly
I update regularly

Louis (the author)
Last edited by Fourdan; Sep 07, 2017 at 04:01 PM. Reason: SC version 3.68
Dec 19, 2007, 01:34 PM
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Here's my spreadsheet (have EDF version too); its helped me with these and others:
Dec 29, 2007, 01:52 PM
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Prof. Drela has recently released a windows version of QPORP, his motor/prop analysis software. I've found it much better at predictions and efficiency calcs, since it uses a much more advanced prop model (not just thrust coefficients). Here's an exerpt of the manual:

QPROP is an analysis program for predicting the performance
of propeller-motor combinations. Its intent is to provide
an alternative to the existing prop/motor simulation programs,
which use relatively simple propeller models, and assume
a brushed DC motor type. QPROP has a relatively sophisticated
and accurate prop aerodynamic model, and a general motor model
which can be implemented via a user-supplied subroutine
if necessary.

It's a little more complex than motocalc, but pretty simple to use once you climb the learning curve.

Jan 06, 2008, 03:12 AM
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Eagle Tree Spreadsheet

i rigged up this spreadsheet for use with my eagle tree micro logger (with temp and rpm expanders):

Excel Spreadsheet (freeware)
Example Spreadsheet (freeware)

it supports quick & simple copy/paste operation directly from the eagle tree software, and outputs thrust, efficiency, kV, Io, Rm, max efficiency, max power, pitch speed... pretty much everything. for kicks i included standard deviations for every number.

it is based on rod badcock's spreadsheet (see post #1), and includes a few other calculations based on these equations. keep in mind it's in beta stage at the moment, and i'm not 100% sure if it'll work with pre o2k3 excel. the example sheet shows what it looks like with all the data entered from a bench test i did on a custom bluewonder.

just like badcock's spreadsheet, both of these spreadsheets include macros, so you may have to modify your security settings for them to work properly.


[edit: i just found an error in the spreadsheet which will cause it to be inaccurate if the logger is set to record temperature in farenheit. it works perfectly with the logger set to celcius. i'm working on a temperature unit selector, but until i update use celsius please.]
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Jan 24, 2008, 09:10 PM
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Nice converter program:
Last edited by BlazerB52; Jan 24, 2008 at 09:17 PM.
Mar 07, 2008, 09:04 AM
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www.RCadvisor.com - new free model airplane calculator

My new free online calculator (www.RCadvisor.com):
  • designs efficient electric power systems
  • teaches you using interactive Tutorials and ToolTips
  • flies your model in a virtual wind tunnel
  • predicts airfoil performance
  • shows you the right tradeoffs for your scale model
  • displays graphs that update in real-time
  • runs on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X
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Mar 28, 2008, 12:06 AM
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My calculator (www.RCAdvisor.com) includes the estimated Climb Rate. The Climb Angle seemed less useful. I don't provide feet/minute (easy to add), but I have MPH and feet/second among other units.
Jul 09, 2009, 05:45 PM
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Measuring motor power output using a calibrated dummy prop:

Vriendelijke groeten Ron
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Aug 08, 2009, 08:29 PM
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I'm in the process of moving all my "freeware", including MotorXLT2 and TurnCalculator3, to my blog for easier maintenance. Here's the link:


Note that I recently updated MotorXLT2 with my latest version, which includes calculations based on up to 4-props and no-load. This makes the calculations much more accurate. I also made the no-load page more "printer/screen grab" friendly, for easy posting of test results. Unfortunately, I still haven't got around to making a temperature unit selector, so you'll have to record temps in Celsius.

A general tip to those who benchmark:
Just like any other motor constant calculator, when setting up a series of tests you need to avoid using 2 props that are nearly identical (with respect to RPM, A, and V). Use of similar props often leads to inaccurate calculations of Rm, Kv, and Io. An example of this would be the apc5x5e and apc5.5x4.5e. While they fly very differently, both will give nearly identical RPM and current on the bench, which will confuse a motor calculator.

Oct 15, 2009, 02:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Ron van Sommeren
Measuring motor resistance without standard props, by using a dummy prop:
Post 11

Should read "measuring motor power output using a calibrated dummy prop".
Oct 15, 2009, 04:14 PM
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Brainfart Thank you Peter, I corrected it.

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Mar 06, 2010, 09:53 PM
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What cracks me up about a lot of these calculators is they only have very expensive brands of components in the database.

Its like an advertisement. Nowadays things are great for the consumer, i've found some amazing good deals on very well engineered power systems, at about 1/10 the cost of hackers, scorpions, etc...certainly in the same performance ballpark at least.

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