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Aircraft Design (AIAA Education Series) 3rd 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.
As been pointed out by others, there is not much talk of airfoils and many specifics of piston aircraft.
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Superb in-depth coverage of aircraft ensign, clearly and entertainingly written.Published 20 days ago by Rulon Beesley
Quick shipping, every Aerospace enthusiast should have and read this book, thanks!Published 19 months ago by Errick H. Robles
This review is for RDS Student, version 6 for windows, the software that accompanies the book.
The rewrite gets around many DOS hardware limitations so you can use the... Read more
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
This book recieves remarkably good reviews and I fail to understand why - and must therefore make my own pityful contribution. Read morePublished on June 6, 2012 by Eddie
I love this book (Aircraft Design: A Conceptual Approach, Fourth Edition (AIAA Education)).
But the soft cover behind the hard cover is broken when I received it!