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Mechanics of Flight [Hardcover]

Warren F. Phillips
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December 2, 2009 0470539755 978-0470539750 2
Explains the principles of flight mechanics through worked examples and progressive problem solving

With its unique balance of breadth and depth, coupled with a comprehensive presentation of theory and applications, Mechanics of Flight is rapidly becoming the textbook of choice to enable readers to master the science and mathematics of flight mechanics. By progressively building on the formulation and solution of simpler problems associated with aircraft performance, static stability, and control, the author guides readers from fundamental principles to the development of the general equations of motion and continues through dynamic stability, aircraft handling qualities, and flight simulation.

In response to feedback from students, instructors, practicing engineers, and test pilots, this Second Edition features much new material, including new and updated coverage of:

  • Effects of nonlinear aerodynamics on aircraft stability

  • Effects of tail dihedral on longitudinal and lateral stability

  • Lateral trim, engine failure, and minimum-control airspeed

  • Dynamic stability constraints and center-of-gravity limits

  • Flight simulation in geographic coordinates

Throughout the text, many new worked examples demonstrate how to apply principles of flight mechanics to solve engineering problems. Moreover, the text offers an array of modern and classical techniques for solving a broad range of problems in flight mechanics. Unique features include presentations of the numerical lifting-line method for efficient and accurate evaluation of stability derivatives and the quaternion formulation for six-degree-of-freedom flight simulation. Moreover, the author provides the detail needed to enable readers to write their own code.

Mechanics of Flight is designed as a textbook for a two-semester sequence of courses for students in mechanical and aerospace engineering. In addition, the text's self-contained chapters allow instructors to select individual topics for one-semester courses. The book is also a valuable reference for engineers working in the aerospace industry.

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Complete and accessible coverage of flight mechanics

Mechanics of Flight is a unique combination of theory and applications organized in a logical presentation. This book provides extensive coverage of individual topics within flight mechanics, including overviews of aerodynamics and propulsion. This complete instructional reference offers a full range of modern and classical techniques for applying fundamental principles to the solution of engineering problems in fight mechanics.

Mechanics of Flight explores the basic principles of flight mechanics with the help of many worked examples, starting with simple problems involving steady-level flight and building to more complex ones such as the analysis of turning flight and spins. Special coverage found here–and not in most books on the subject–includes a detailed presentation of the quaternion formulation for six-degree-of-freedom flight simulation, including treatment of efficient numerical integration methods. Students and practicing engineers who are familiar with the principles of static stability and control can begin the study of flight dynamics in Chapter 7, starting with a review of coordinate systems and notation as well as a development of the more general rigid-body equations of motion.

Mechanics of Flight is an essential volume for mechanical and aerospace engineering students and a valuable reference for practicing engineers in the aerospace industry. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Warren F. Phillips, PhD, is a Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Utah State University. Dr. Phillips has more than thirty-five years of experience teaching engineering analysis and design. He has also authored more than sixty scientific journal publications on thermal fluid science, aerodynamics, and flight mechanics.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1152 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (December 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470539755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470539750
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 2.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #686,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By "qjk"
"Mechanics of Flight" will become a classic in the aerodynamicist's library alongside Abbott and Von Doenhoff's "Theory of Wing Sections". Here's why:
* Coverage of topics in aircraft design is exhaustive. From balancing lift and weight for steady flight, on through off axis forces and moments from running propellers, to 6-dof formulas for aircraft dynamic modes, to how propeller location affects aircraft stability, and on and on. Great for both the beginner and the authority in aircraft.
* Often a completely thorough analysis including the minutest effects is presented along with a linearized or simplified method. The simplified analysis is so useful for rapid conceptual design and study of fundamentals, while the detailed analysis gives a complete grasp of the physics and phenomena involved. Plus, in simplifying a complex derivation, the reader is shown which parameters may be safely neglected and which require careful scrutiny, and what is engineering if not intelligently ignoring smaller effects to come up with a reasonable solution to a problem?
* The figures! Well thought out and consistent, the figures clearly illustrate the material.
* Actual aircraft data is used in the example and homework problems. I have a feel for the performance of several classes of aircraft simply from using this book.
* Phillips derives everything, and I mean everything using the fundamental laws of physics as the starting point. A student would be very well served to go through these derivations themselves. Phillips basically shows the student how to learn and how to think mathematically. No shortcuts here. I wish I had learned these things very early on in my own schooling.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough, Meticulous, Comprehensive April 9, 2004
I am an Aerospace engineer working for the Air Force. While attending the annual AIAA aerospace convention in Reno Nevada, I met a professor from Denmark who raved about the work and research of a professor local to the west, Phillips. This seasoned scholar from Denmark wouldn't miss a session if he found Phillips' name appearing in it. I picked up the "Mechanics of Flight" which was on display for the first time at that conference. Due to the mountain of topics covered (900+ pages) I can't say that I have read every line of that book but the material I studied was impressive. I've never seen such complete derivations right from F=MA. The explanations are meticulous and thorough. I coded a real-time 6-DOF flight simulator for a midsized RCAV using this book as the main reference. I've never seen such a straightforward explanation of Quaternion algebra. If there were a "bible" of flight mechanics and dynamics, I would certainly give this my vote over any other in its class.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have May 1, 2004
This text provides unparalled detail in it's discussion of flight mechanics. It contains clear and concise derivations of underlying equations and has well planned figures and example problems. Subject matter includes static and dynamic stability, propulsion, lifting line theory, 6-dof flight simulation with quaternions, along with many other essential topics. I particularly appreciated the straightforward way in which Phillips applies numerical methods to solving many of the problems. The equations required are located in such a manner as to make it easy to find what you need. Though mainly geared toward subsonic flight, I have found the understanding gained through this book invaluable in the design of supersonic vehicles. This is a great book for students learning the subject for the first time and a must have for engineering professionals and aircraft enthusiasts.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Modern Subsonic Aerodynamics April 7, 2004
By A Customer
This book lays out the concepts of aircraft performance and simulation in an exceptionally clear and easy to follow format. There is no wondering how the concepts in each chapter fit together and how they apply to aircraft design or analysis.
The formulations for aircraft performance are very robust and provide the reader/student with the formulation of each equation from basic priciples in an easy to understand style.
A highlight of the book are the chapters on flight simulation and dynamic stability. The methods presented for 6-dof dynamic stability and quaternion based flight simulation are clearly explained and the examples provided walk the reader through the process of implementing them. These methods are also faster and more accurate than similar methods I have seen used here at NAVAIR, and implement them every time I can into older codes.
This book covers every aspect of flight mechanics that the beginning and intermediate student needs to know and does not confuse the reader!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
"Mechanics of Flight" is an excellent textbook for students of aeronautics as well as an invaluable reference for engineers practicing in aerospace, experimental homebuilders, and pilots having a flare for science. The subject matter is well-organized, thorough in coverage, comprehensively indexed, and has an impressive bibliography. There are numerous worked examples, excellent graphics to illustrate concepts, and many aeronautical/aerodynamic relationships are plotted to demonstrate parametric relationships. Numerical solution techniques are discussed throughout the book and many problems are tailored for a programmed solution on a digital computer. Although this is a textbook, and the concepts are demonstrated using rigorous mathematical derivations, considerable insight into the mechanics of flight can be gained by simply reading the text, studying the figures and absorbing the numerous tips and rules of thumb. The reader is taken from overviews of aerodynamics and propulsion in the first two chapters through aircraft performance, aircraft controls and maneuverability, static stability and control, aircraft dynamics, handling qualities, and closing with aircraft flight simulation.

Prandtl's classical lifting-line method is the basis for much of the aerodynamic theory used in the book. The author uses the method to explore lift and drag for various wing planforms. He further develops the effects of geometric and/or aerodynamic twist and how induced drag is affected. A significant result shown is that there is an optimum washout distribution for any wing planform which will minimize induced drag. The author has also generalized lifting-line theory to allow study of the effects of wing sweep, dihedral and interaction between lifting surfaces.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the right book
Covers a great deal on Aerospace engineering. Great topics, excellent clear examples and explanations. Very good book.
Would recommend to anyone studying about Aerospace.
Published 10 months ago by L. Demenkova
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best!
I am an aeronautical engineer, and if I was only able to have one book on my shelf, this would be it! Read more
Published 12 months ago by erk
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent source for following intermediate steps in derivations,...
This book is one of the most detailed books in the area of flight mechanics. Many intermediate steps that are skipped in most of equivalent books are unskipped in this book. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Kaynak
5.0 out of 5 stars Great text
Suitable for undergraduate through graduate studies. This book has the most thorough treatment of quaternions that I have seen in an atmospheric flight mechanics text.
Published 15 months ago by Dave G
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for homebuilt experimental aircraft designers looking for more
When designing a one-off experimental aircraft, you should start with something like Raymer's 'Simplified Aircraft Design for Homebuilders', and then move on to his textbook or... Read more
Published on October 5, 2011 by R. D Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This is a good book. I am studying to be a Mechanical Engineer with an Aerospace emphasis. My professor for this class is the author of this book, Dr. Warren Phillips. Read more
Published on August 9, 2010 by RyuKen
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough, solid, beautifully written
Sure, Phillips is extremely clear, and cautious to keep us on track when deriving the equations. But what really sets this book apart is the clarity of its structure, which lets... Read more
Published on June 3, 2010 by OC
5.0 out of 5 stars The book you need after Stinton's Trilogy
If you are fascinated by Darrol Stinton's works of art, I think you will enjoy this one as much.

It is much more mathematically oriented than the above, be aware, but... Read more
Published on May 10, 2010 by Jimi
5.0 out of 5 stars Mechanics Of Flight by Warren P.
He's going to be my professor for an Aerodynamic class this coming semester! It's going to be exciting ah ah :)
Published on August 17, 2009 by Ismaila Meite
5.0 out of 5 stars From an Aerospace Engineer...
Having run across several books by several authors concerning the topic of flight mechanics and aircraft performance, Philips "Mechanics of Flight" is one of the best. Read more
Published on May 25, 2009 by Jason C. Ryan
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