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Can Gazebo simulate turbulence?

asked 2018-06-05 03:44:46 -0500

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When a fixed wing plane flies, its propeller will produce wind to the airspace behind the plane, and the wings of the plane will produce cavitation. This is mentioned in the tutorial http://gazebosim.org/tutorials?tut=ae...

So, if I simulate 2 planes in Gazebo, and plane B is following plane A airborne. So will plane B being affected by plane A's propeller and cavitation?

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answered 2018-06-07 15:55:48 -0500

Short answer:
No


Long answer:
Maybe... but you'd have to implement your own aerodynamic algorithms in a (number of) Gazebo Plugin(s). A non-trivial task to put it lightly.


I recommend reading the source code for the LiftDragPlugin in the tutorial you mention to better understand what Plugin is actually doing:
https://bitbucket.org/osrf/gazebo/src...
https://bitbucket.org/osrf/gazebo/src...

Gazebo's not a great framework for the type of complex aerodynamic simulations you appear to be interested in. That sounds more like the realm of Vortex Lattice Method (VLM) and Finite Element Analysis (FEA).

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