Real-time modeling of retractable self-launching glider using spreadsheets

Yasser A. Nogoud (Department of Aeronautical Engineering, College of Engineering, Sudan University of Science and Technology, Khartoum, Sudan)
Attie Jonker (School of Mechanical Engineering, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa)
Shuhaimi Mansor (Department of Aeronautical, Automotive and Ocean Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor, Malaysia)
A.A.A. Abuelnuor (School of Mechanical Engineering, Sudan University of Science and Technology, Khartoum, Sudan)

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology

ISSN: 0002-2667

Publication date: 2 October 2017



This paper aims to propose a spreadsheet method for modeling and simulation of a retraction system mechanism for the retractable self-launching system for a high-performance glider.


More precisely, the method is based on parametric link design using Excel spreadsheets.


This method can be used for kinematic and dynamic analysis, graphical plotting and allows simulation of control kinematics with the ability to make quick and easy parametric changes to a design. It also has the ability to calculate the loads imposed on each component in the control system as a function of input loads and position.

Practical implications

This paper shows that it is possible to model complex control systems quickly and easily using spreadsheet programs already owned by most small companies. The spreadsheet model is a parametric model, and it gives a simple visual presentation of the control system with interactive movement and control by the user.


This spreadsheet model in conjunction with a simple CAD program enables the rapid and cost-effective development of control system components.



Nogoud, Y., Jonker, A., Mansor, S. and Abuelnuor, A. (2017), "Real-time modeling of retractable self-launching glider using spreadsheets", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 89 No. 6, pp. 791-796.

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