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Aircraft Design: A Conceptual Approach, Fourth Edition (AIAA Education) Hardcover – July 28, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1563478291 ISBN-10: 1563478293 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Series: AIAA Education
  • Hardcover: 869 pages
  • Publisher: AIAA; 4th edition (July 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563478293
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563478291
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #423,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I never felt that I had a good formulation of (Design) until I read the introduction of Daniel Raymer's Aircraft Design: A Conceptual Approach. Raymer... implies that design involves far more than drawing a pretty shape and then shoe-horning people, engines, and structural members into it. It involves art. Raymer's book... takes a practical, rather than academic, view of the development of a design. It covers not only aerodynamics, stability, and stress analysis...but also the interstitial stuff about general arrangement and the interplay of competing design considerations that are really the grout that holds a design together. --Peter Garrison, in Flying, May 1997 Reliable--as always from AIAA, the best source of quality aircraft technical literature.--Craig Roberts, Roberts Sport Aircraft Outstanding Reference--more homebuilders/designers should purchase this text! Keep making your books available to the EAA!!-- Brad Knapp, EAA It was as if this book was written specifically for me and brought closure to theoretical concepts with understanding.--James"

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Overall, this is a great book for aeronautical/aerospace students and practitioners alike.
Stephen Pomroy
This book covers the first stage, conceptual design, which aims to find the best possible configuration for the aircraft prior to designing the aircraft in detail.
Mostyn
The description of conic lofting is very well written and not available in any of my other references.
Jacob Chancery

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 6, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Raymer has managed to explain a very complicated process in a way that is both understandable and interesting. Conceptual aircraft design (i.e., starting with nothing but a set of performance criteria to be met) is a multi-variable problem in which the value of most of the variables depend on other variables. The solution of such problems require initial approximations with subsequent iterations. Mr. Raymer explains the conceptual design process, gives historic values used for first approximations and makes good use of actual examples. Two conceptual designs, one a homebuilt aerobatic aircraft and the other a supersonic fighter, are provided in the Appendix to illustrate the procedures described in the book. I found the book interesting both in subject matter and writing style. Although written as a college textbook, the use of actual aircraft to illustrate various points and the author's obvious desire to be precise about his descriptions makes the book easy to follow and fun to those interested in the subject.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Roberts on November 13, 2005
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This is an excellent, and for the time being the authoratative, book about aircraft design. For anyone who wants to become an aerospace engineer reading a book like this should put any type of work they'll do in the proper context.

The best part of this book is that it is split into two halves. The frist half talks specifically about aircraft design from a practical level, covering topics like wing planform selection, thrust to weight and wing loading determination, engine sizing, landing gear configuraiton, etc. This is the applied, design oriented type of knowledge and thinking that all engineers need and is unfortunately not being taught by most schools, albeit it is of course specific to aircraft. (My college had just one ten week aircraft design course over an entire four year curriculum. The course was offered in two sections. Only one of the sections even had this book on the reading list, and then didn't even use it in class!) The second half delves into the analytical methods that are used to "size" different parts of the aircraft, such as methods to predict drag (for engine thrust in cruise), to predict downwash both subsonically and supersonically (effects total lift and stability and control), to determine rough sizes of beam and torsion members of the structure, to size the control surfaces for stability and control, etc. There's also a good interlude where the author gives us a step-by-step example of how you could do conceptual design. (This is not the ONLY way to do conceptual design, but it's important to have SOME method and this is a great introduction to one.) It also has two good example designs in the appendix, plus LOTS of good reference data throughout the book.

This is the type of book that should be read first by anyone involved with aircraft design and/or research and development so that they can understand the big picture framework of how aircraft are generally configured.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By B. Robbins on June 1, 2005
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Pretty decent book overall. I suggest it more for the student than the professional, however. Also, be careful not to extrapolate beyond the data his emperical equations are based on or you get completely bogus results. Also, the book is very weak on the subject of piston engine & propeller combinations.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marco G F Capozzi on December 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is the FIRST book anyone willing to learn aircraft design should buy. Te book doesn't contain a lot of mathematics, moreover, it will teach you the do and don't in aircraft design. It will not teach you, say, how to perform structural analysis. it will tell you the way one should think of astructural analysis in aircraft design. Every single step is coevred by the book: conceptual basic design, mission design, payload, structural and aerodynamic design. Thought there are plenty of book that will cover each subject at a much higher level, one still needs to know the things you can find here. Buy it, be sure you'll appreciate it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Pomroy on February 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
5 Stars.

Aircraft Design: A Conceptual Approach, by Daniel P. Raymer, is an outstanding book on the aircraft design process. Well organized and well written, the book clearly defines the three principle stages of aircraft design, and covers the conceptual design stage at length.

Starting from the aircraft mission definition, Raymer presents a rational, methodical approach to aircraft design. Emphasis is placed on sizing, weight estimation, and early handling and performance estimates. This approach is supported with historical and statistical data summarizing trends in previous successful designs (and a few failed ones).

Although the book includes effective overviews of aerodynamics, stability and control, and structural analysis, the nitty-gritty details of these subjects are left -- as they should be -- for more specialized texts. The focus of this text (as it should be) is entirely on design, with particular emphasis on conceptual design. Preliminary and detailed design are touched upon, but largely left for other texts.

Overall, this is a great book for aeronautical/aerospace students and practitioners alike.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mostyn on October 31, 2007
Format: Hardcover
There are several stages to aircraft design. This book covers the first stage, conceptual design, which aims to find the best possible configuration for the aircraft prior to designing the aircraft in detail.

Arriving at this final design involves several layers of complexity. Initially the process involves creating several simple designs and performing a brief evaluation of their performance. This allows the designer to select the best design and develop the design to the point where it can be `fixed' and sent to the specialists who will design the individual parts for manufacture.

The conceptual designer needs to be a jack of all trades, he needs to understand all of the issues, but he doesn't need to be an expert in any of them. For this reason this book is makes it a great reference for people like me with a general interest. It gives an excelent overview of aircraft design, but doesn't go into fine detail.
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