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Aircraft Design: A Conceptual Approach, Fourth Edition (AIAA Education) 4th Edition
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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.
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.
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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Quick shipping, every Aerospace enthusiast should have and read this book, thanks!Published 12 months ago by Errick H. Robles
Very useful design information that was missing from my college aerospace education, which focused mostly on analysis. Lots of practical tips and considerations. Read morePublished on January 23, 2014 by Jacob Chancery
this book takes one from initial stages of development thru the necessary engineering calculations, and assists one in determining the design based not upon its flight... Read morePublished on August 12, 2013 by old guy
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I used this book for my senior aerospace capstone course. It explains concepts very well, with graphs and diagrams where needed. Read morePublished on January 28, 2013 by Amazon Customer
It is good, met my expectations, I did expect it to be a little easier to understand but over all if your high school or college or even just a want to learner this is a good book. Read morePublished on November 15, 2012 by emery
If you knew nothing about aircraft design and could only own one book then this is the one to own. I used this book for a course in Aircraft design and it helped a lot. Read morePublished on October 17, 2012 by handsome7