UIUC Propeller DatabaseUIUC Propeller Data Site

John B. Brandt, Robert W. Deters, Gavin K. Ananda, Or D. Dantsker, and Michael S. Selig

This webpage includes wind tunnel measurements for propellers used on small UAVs and model aircraft.

The propeller database includes three volumes:

Basic Relations

The UIUC data use the standard definitions for propeller aerodynamic coefficients:

For more information, a useful reference is:

McCormick, B.W., "Aerodynamics, Aeronautics, and Flight Mechanics," Wiley, Second Edition, 1995.

UIUC and Ohio State University Experimental Measurements - Comparison

The figures below show a comparison between UIUC Volume 1 (V3) data and measurements taken at Ohio State (Ref 6). The results show good agreement, especially considering that the thrust and torque measurement techniques differ. For the UIUC data, the thrust is measured directly with a load cell attached to a pivot arm. The torque is measured through a torque cell attached to the fixture that holds the motor. For the OSU data, the measurements were taken using a multi-axis load cell attached directly to the motor (Ref 7).

APC 10x5E and 10x7E "thin electric" propellers.

Additional formats: .eps, .fig, and .pdf

Credits: Graphics provided by Matthew McCrink and James Gregory, Ohio State University, June 2015.


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Download Archive

Download the entire propeller database: UIUC-propDB.zip (md5sum: bd8ecc6779c8235679e47ef49d943b6a)


  1. Brandt, J. B., "Small-Scale Propeller Performance at Low Speeds," M.S. Thesis, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, 2005.
  2. Brandt, J.B. and Selig, M.S., "Propeller Performance Data at Low Reynolds Numbers," 49th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, AIAA Paper 2011-1255, Orlando, FL, January 2011.
  3. Deters, R.W., Ananda, G.K., and Selig, M.S., "Reynolds Number Effects on the Performance of Small-Scale Propellers," AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition (Aviation 2014), AIAA Paper 2014-2151, Atlanta, GA, June 2014.
  4. Deters, R.W., "Performance and Slipstream Characteristic of Small-Scale Propellers at Low Reynolds Numbers," Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, 2014.
  5. Dantsker, O.D., Caccamo, C., Deters, R.W., and Selig, M.S., "Performance Testing of Aero-Naut CAM Folding Propellers," AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition (Aviation 2020), AIAA Paper 2020-2760, Virtual Event, June 2020.
  6. McCrink, M.H. and Gregory, J.W., "Blade Element Momentum Modeling for Low-Re Small UAS Electric Propulsion Systems," AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition (Aviation 2015), AIAA Paper 2015-3296, Dallas, TX, June 2015 | http://arc.aiaa.org/doi/10.2514/6.2015-3296 | Also see http://arc.aiaa.org/doi/abs/10.2514/1.C033622, 2016.
  7. Gregory, J.W., private communications, June 2015.

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