RCbenchmark Data-Acquisition Software

Included in all our thrust stand bundles!

If you’re a drone designer, a brushless motor or a propeller manufacturer, you need to test your propulsion system to deliver the most efficient products to your clients.

If you’re interested in getting one of our thrust stands, it’s important for you to know that we also provide the data acquisition software with all our thrust stands. This software will allow you to control your stand, do your data acquisition and automate your tests.

The software is open-source and you can download it for free by clicking the button bellow. 

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RCbenchmark software and thrust stand

Measure Key Performance Data

RCbenchmark software for propeller and electric motor testing

Measured data Data computed by the software
Thrust Mechanical power
Torque Electrical power
RPM Motor efficiency
Current Propeller efficiency
Voltage Overal system efficiency
Wind velocity

Control Your Stand Manually

Simply control your ECS throtte with a slider

The RCbenchmark software is made so that you can manually control your ESC’s PWM with a slider. You can activate different plots for you to see your data changing over time. Three servo sliders can be used to control the blade pitches of your propellers. The servo ports can be used to plug external devices such as an optical RPM probe or to control the air velocity of your wind tunnel.

RCbenchmark software manual control

Data Acquisition in a .CSV File

Record and export your data in one click

You can define the file where you want your tests to be recorded. Then click on the "record" button to log your test in a .csv file. Here are the sampling rate of our different test stands:

  • Series 1520: 40 Hz
  • Series 1580: 80 Hz on power sensor, 8 Hz on force sensors
  • Series 1585: 80 Hz
  • Series 1780: 40 Hz
RCbenchmark software records data

Set-up Working Units and Safety Cutoffs

Adaptable, secure, and user-friendly software

Depending on which RCbenchmark thrust stand you use, select and flash your firmware accordingly. You can also easily select the working units that suits your needs. We also offer the possibility to set safety cutoffs on the measured data for your security. Regular updates of the GUI are done so that you can have the latest features.

RCbenchmark software safety cutoffs

Real-Time Data Plots

Tare your load cells and start testing!

The RCbenchmark software GUI allows to activate different plots to see your data changing in real time. You’ll be able to see the thrust, torque, RPM, and efficiency in real time in both manual and automatic control modes.

RCbenchmark real-time plots

Automate Your Tests and Gather Large Amount of Data

Use the software scripting capability to create any kind of automated tests

Automate Your Propulsion System Tests

Write your scripts directly in the software

The most powerful feature of the RCbenchmark software is its scripting capability. You can write any scripts to automate your tests. We also provide pre-written scripts to show you examples of what you can do. See below simple examples of automatic test that you can create.

RCbenchmark scripts

Endurance test

Set up a max. and min. values to perform a ramp test between those two values. Define the duration of the ramp and how many times you want to repeat the sequence.

Pass or fail test for quality control

Specify the criteria that will be used to make sure your propellers and motors are within specifications by setting up a simple quality control scripts. For example, you can make sure your electric propulsion system max. thrust respects the specifications given on its data sheet.

Find the KV of your motor

Capture your motor Rotation Per Minute and extract the KV to compare your results with the manufacturer's data sheet.

Reproduce drone flight behaviour

Program custom throttle sequences to mimic your motor Rotation Per Minute fluctuations. You can then reproduce the behavior of your drone in your laboratory.

Constant thrust

While recording your test, you can adjust your throttle slider to aim for a targeted thrust using Proportional Integral Derivative (PID). This automated test allows to analyze the performance of your propulsion system for a specific and constant thrust over a period of time.

Use your own imagination

We provide pre-written scripts but it’s up to you to create any kind of automated tests. You can directly code in JavaScript in the software and create the test that will suit your specific testing needs. We can help you and give you advice on how to write your scripts.

Control Your Stand With Your App

Interface your app using a UDP connexion

If you are not comfortable coding in JavaScript and want to use your own software to control your RCbenchmark thrust stand, it is possible.
A UDP connection can be used to control and automate your tests from the software of your choice. See the video of the independent reviewer Tiziano Fiorenzani about how to use the UPD connection.