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Rocket Propulsion Elements 8th Edition

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ISBN-10: 0470080248
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The definitive text on rocket propulsion—now revised to reflect advancements in the field

For sixty years, Sutton's Rocket Propulsion Elements has been regarded as the single most authoritative sourcebook on rocket propulsion technology. As with the previous edition, coauthored with Oscar Biblarz, the Eighth Edition of Rocket Propulsion Elements offers a thorough introduction to basic principles of rocket propulsion for guided missiles, space flight, or satellite flight. It describes the physical mechanisms and designs for various types of rockets' and provides an understanding of how rocket propulsion is applied to flying vehicles.

Updated and strengthened throughout, the Eighth Edition explores:

  • The fundamentals of rocket propulsion, its essential technologies, and its key design rationale

  • The various types of rocket propulsion systems, physical phenomena, and essential relationships

  • The latest advances in the field such as changes in materials, systems design, propellants, applications, and manufacturing technologies, with a separate new chapter devoted to turbopumps

  • Liquid propellant rocket engines and solid propellant rocket motors, the two most prevalent of the rocket propulsion systems, with in-depth consideration of advances in hybrid rockets and electrical space propulsion

Comprehensive and coherently organized, this seminal text guides readers evenhandedly through the complex factors that shape rocket propulsion, with both theory and practical design considerations. Professional engineers in the aerospace and defense industries as well as students in mechanical and aerospace engineering will find this updated classic indispensable for its scope of coverage and utility.

About the Author

George P. Sutton is a consultant for the aerospace industry. He formerly served as executive director of engineering at Rocketdyne (Rocketdyne Division of The Boeing Company, now Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne) and as a laboratory associate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Oscar Biblarz is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mechanical and Astronautical Engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 8 edition (February 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470080248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470080245
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.7 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The eighth edition of the book is a mess. It has so many errors in the example problems, that it is almost impossible to follow the book and learn from it. It also has errors in the Instructor's Solutions Manual, and many of the examples pull numbers out of the clear blue sky that are not explained. The examples are incomplete, not showing all calculations and how conclusions were arrived at, and the book consistently uses formulas and concepts that are not explained. This book is an enormous disappointment. I took a class using this as a textbook with the highest of hopes. I wanted to learn the calculations that go into selection of a rocket propulsion system. What I've learned is that this book was very poorly edited and fact-checked, and that it has given me great frustration. I've learned something, don't get me wrong, but only reading material: the problems are just wrong, wrong, wrong.
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Well, I am not going to say almost the same many people said in previous reviews, because most of them are correct. Essencially, and commonly accepted, this is a very good book in the topic.

Besides the previous, I spent nearly 3 months to read the whole book in my partially "in itinere" spare time. From that reading, I came to some approaches that I enlight few lines now:

a) This book covers almost all involved technology when designing a rocket propulsion system. Nevertheless, there are few things that are not as clear as it should be for novices in such a topic, especially basis on rockets paths, or another way to say, basis on why motors are designed as they are. It has nosense to tell deeply how a rocket engine is working if you dont know what duty has this propulsion system to accomplish. In this great book, many design parameters are involved as input data to design a rocket system, but little or no information about such needs is available. For example, rocket's path to orbit, and chosen orbit's type. This path defines rocket's setup. For a clear and comprehensive approach to this topic, and in order to understand the parameters involved, I highly recommend another more theorical book, which explains in a marvellous way this: Introduction to Rocket Science and Engineering. The selected book is not as hard engineered book as the one I am reviewing now, but it explains in a very easy way what a rocket system must do, and why.

b) After reading the whole book, there are some missed systems (and important ones) that are not fully covered.
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and yes, it is Rocket Science. I got this as I am fascinated with rockets.I'm not able to understand some of the physics or chemistry i here but it's obviously a tremendous resource in understanding such things. I follow under the interested enthusiast category, and got this used on Amazon.

This has long been the gold standard for all aspects of solid rockets.
I have been fascinated since I was a child watching the moon landings, but this goes way beyond the picture books of Saturn 5 rockets. The book explains, testing, performance, components, chemistry and varietys of rockets as no others do.
A must have for the advanced hobbyist/enthusiast (me) or industry expert (not me).
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I've never read something like this before, and I have really enjoyed it. This book covers the most basic rocket concepts (e.g. mission velocities, basic orbital mechanics and trajectories, appropriate nozzle configurations based on mission directives, mass ratios, etc.) and even down to very detailed subjects, such as turbo pump impeller/turbine configurations, propellant injector impingement configurations, thermodynamic properties of boundary layers between exhaust gas and nozzle walls, etc. This book really has it all.

Understanding these rocketry concepts just adds more awe, wonder, and respect for the incredible engineering systems that rockets are.
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This book is pretty good. I pretty much rode through the class sleeping, but when it came down to final, this book came to the rescue. It makes problem solving really easy by having plenty of examples that are very thorough. I would recommend buying this book. It's awesome.
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DO NOT BUY FROM THE KINDLE STORE. THE KINDLE EDITION MAKES THE FORUMLAS AND MOST OF THE FIGURES UNREADABLE. STAY AWAY FROM KINDLE. If you want an e-copy, get it from Google Play instead!

Kindle edition aside, this is a very good book on rocket propulsion. A simple introduction to the fundamental formulas and principles. This book should be easy to follow if you have taken basic engineering courses.
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This text was very dry reading and for any meat within the material the author just stated see such and such Reference. So in order to really get anything out of it, unless you are very advanced in the material already, you need to have a collection available of all the books references too.

The problems at the end of each Chapter were way more advanced than the Chapters themselves. It took hours of research through the book, refereces, and the internet to complete a lot of the Chapter problems. Shouldn't a text book teach what it asks you to know?
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