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Electric Aircraft Model in Simscape

version (4.11 MB) by Steve Miller
Electric and hybrid electric aircraft models for component sizing


Updated 18 Apr 2021

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These example models enable you to use simulation to evaluate electric and hybrid electric aircraft architectures against design criteria such as flight range and flight duration. The models are parameterized so that you can modify many aspects of the design. MATLAB code automates parameter sweeps of battery size and payload. Using these models of electric aircraft in Simulink, you can rapidly explore the design space to identify ranges that meet system requirements. Models include a fixed wing and a VTOL aircraft in separate folders.

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Zhao Wang, Steve Miller (2018). Electric Aircraft Model in Simscape (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved November 14, 2018.

Comments and Ratings (9)

Koorosh Aslansefat

Thanks for providing great models. I was wondering if it was possible to include Octocopters in the VTOL models with both single and redundant motors.

Qian Xun

Hi Zhao,
Thank you very much for your quick response and I will look into them.

Zhao Wang

Hi Qian,

There is a shipped example of electric aircraft from the Aerospace Blockset ( where you can find some reference about the aircraft modeling. Configurations and parameters used in this example are completely from the respective project websites. In addition, there are many forums, such as "AIAA/IEEE Electric Aircraft Technologies Symposium (EATS)", where you can usually find such references.


Qian Xun

Hi Zhao,
Thank you very much for sharing this great example, do you have any recommended references or publications related to this example? I am looking forward to hearing back from you. Thanks in advance.

Yusuke Ishida

Zhao Wang

Hi Carl,
Since the R2018b version, the eVTOL examples are added. Please find the model in the folder "Electric_Aircraft_Simscape_R18b/Airtaxi_VTOL".

Carl Khalife

Hey Steve!

Great job on creating the model and thanks for making it available ton MathWorks! I am able to run the program for electric aircraft but can't find the options for eVTOL fleets. Any advice on how to integrate eVTOL fleets to the model?

Carl Khalife

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2021a
Compatible with R2017b to R2021a
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