Illustrated Guide to Aerodynamics, by HC

Illustrated Guide to
Aerodynamics

by HC "Skip" Smith

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ISBN-13:
9780830639014
Copyright Date:
1992
Edition:
2nd
Pages:
337
Binding:
Paperback
Dimensions:
10.0" x 7.3"
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New edition of a text for pilots, technicians, flight students, kitbuilders, and others who need the basics.

Most pilots and flight students wince at the mention of the term "aerodynamics" because most courses and books dealing with the subject do so using complicated scientific theory and mathematical formulas. And yet, an understanding of aerodynamics is essential to the people who operate and maintain airplanes.

This unique introductory guide, which sold more than 20,000 copies in its first edition, proves that the principles of flight can be easy to understand, even fascinating, to pilots and technicians who want to know how and why an aircraft behaves as it does. Avoiding technical jargon and complex calculations, Hubert "Skip" Smith demonstrates how aerodynamic factors affect all aircraft in terms of lift, thrust, drag, in-air performance, stability, and control. Readers also get an inside look at how modern aircraft are designed-including all the steps in the design process, from concept to test flight and the reasoning behind them.

This edition features expanded coverage of aircraft turning and accelerated climb performance, takeoff velocities, load and velocity-load-factors, area rules, and hypersonic flight, as well as the latest advances in laminar flow airfoils, wing and fuselage design, and high-performance lightplanes. Question and answer sections are added for classroom use.


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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

WHAT IS AERODYNAMICS
history of flight
aerostatics
heavier than air flight
science of aerodynamics

LIFT
physics of lift
pressure distribution
airfoil designation
wing lift and span effects
spanwise lift and stall sequence
lift coefficient and quantity
flaps
other devices for controlling lift

DRAG
parasitic drag
skin friction and boundary layer
wakes and pressure drag
drag coefficient
induced drag
total drag
equivilent flat plate area
ground effect

THRUST
principles of propulsion
jet engines
reciprocating engines
superchargers
propellers
turboprop and turbojet performance

PERFORMANCE
level flight performance
climb performance
twin engine climb performance
descent and glide performance
range
endurance
cruise efficiency
takeoff
balanced field length
landing
jet aircraft performance
maneuvering
accelerated climb

STABILTY & CONTROL
airplane axes
longitudinal stability
dynamic stability
center of gravity effects
controls
directional stability
lateral stability
lateral dynamic motion
turning performance

HIGH SPEED FLIGHT
speed of sound
mach numbers
shock waves
critical mach number
airfoils in transonic flight
wave drag
swept wings
high speed airfoils
control problems
area rule
hypersonic flight

DESIGN
airworthiness requirements
design phases
initial conception
fuselage design
wing design
powerplant section
landing gear configuration
tail design
first estimation
computer aided design

AERODYNAMIC TESTING
wind tunnel design
types of wind tunnel tests
high speed wind tunnels
flight testing

MODERN DESIGN CONCEPTS
design evolution
canards
flying wings
aspect ration devices
swept wings
modern airfoil design

Aerodynamic data for 4 NACA airfoils
Review Questions and Problems

Reader Reviews
I read this book for research that I am doing at school. In this book the author carefully and slowly explains the principles of aerodynamics. His approach is perfect for those of us who are new to the subject. The layout of the book makes sense. The book includes many examples along with thorough explanations of these examples. (He also gives many interesting anecdotal comments.) Additionally, the author's handling of the material is simple, but not so basic that one cannot get a full understanding of aerodynamic forces acting on an airplane and on the structures than comprise the vehicle. This book is a very useful reference for understanding aerodynamic forces and how these forces can be determined and predicted.
C. Smith (Houston, TX)

I found Skip Smith's book to be an excellent layman's introduction to aerodynamics. Fluid mechanics does not usually make for interesting, easily comprehensible reading, but Dr. Smith's book is clearly the exception. I'm constantly irritated by the very inaccurate descriptions of aerodynamics given in many flying magazines and instructional books. This book has none of those common errors. Reading this book should greatly increase the average pilot's knowledge of how his plane flies and what huge design constraints aeronatical engineers have to live with. Highly recommended reading for all those who are interested in learning more about the principles of flight.
anonymous

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