Description Usage Arguments Details Value Note Author(s) See Also Examples

View source: R/findMaximumClimbRate.R

Numerically find the maximum attainable climb rate.

1 | ```
findMaximumClimbRate(bird, maximumPower, speed, ...)
``` |

`bird` |
bird description object (see |

`maximumPower` |
numeric value for maximum available mechanical power |

`speed` |
airspeed for which to compute the maximum climbrate |

`...` |
optional arguments for |

The function searches for a climb angle between -90 and 90 degrees that matches the specified maximum power available. If no `speed`

provided, the function will also find the optimal airspeed for maximum climbrate.

Data frame of class `power.mechanical`

`speed` |
airspeed either prescribed or optimized for maximum climbrate |

`power` |
aerodynamic (mechanical) power matching maximum power |

`...` |
see |

`climbAngle` |
angle between flightpath and horizontal plane in degrees |

`climbRate` |
rate of vertical climb |

The function uses climb angle, rather than climb rate, in the search algorithm, to ensure that climb rate is always less than the airspeed (i.e. in a vertical climb the climb rate will simply equal airspeed). The actual climb rate is maximized by maximizing the product of climb angle and airspeed. However, in practice, the airspeed for best climb rate will be close to the minimum power airspeed, where the power margin is largest.

Marco Klein Heerenbrink

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 | ```
## Define a bird:
myBird = Bird(
massTotal = 0.215, # (kg) total body mass
wingSpan = 0.67, # (m) maximum wing span
wingArea = 0.0652, # (m2) maximum wing area
type = "passerine"
)
## maximum power available:
Paero.available <- computeAvailablePower(myBird)
climbSpeed <- 8 # airspeed during climb
## find maximum climbrate:
Paero.climb <- findMaximumClimbRate(myBird,Paero.available,climbSpeed)
print(Paero.climb[c('speed','amplitude','frequency','climbRate')])
# speed amplitude frequency climbRate
# 1 8 54.84965 5.948083 1.162002
``` |

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