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Analysis and Design of Flight Vehicle Structures 1973 Copyright edition But Latest Printi Edition

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  • Hardcover: 650 pages
  • Publisher: Jacobs Pub; 1973 Copyright edition But Latest Printi edition (June 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0961523409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961523404
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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By Michael Rodgers on May 11, 2000
In my 16 years in the Aerospace Industry I have rarely come across a more quoted or well known text with the possible exception of Roark's Formulas for Stress and Strain. Bruhn is the basis for most Aerospace company strength manuals. It is truly the Bible of flight vehicle analysis.
However, there is no index, only a cursory table of contents. A very good reference for a great deal of practical formulas but abrupt on theoretical explanation in most cases. Many example problems but again very abrupt on explanation. Could have better illustrations.
For all of the above reasons Bruhn gets high marks as a reference but as a text for learning it is lacking; even for someone with a background and education in basic stress analysis. It is still one of the most comprehensive and practical aircraft structural text around and still a must read for any flight vehicle structural engineer.
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While many of the methods in the book have been overshadowed by Finite Element Analysis, they provide valuable insight into the fundamentals of aircraft design and an appreciation for the men and women that designed aircraft before John Vincent Atanasoff and Clifford Berry invented the electronic digital computer at Iowa State University.

Today you won't find many aircraft stress analysts using the Moment Distribution (Hardy Cross) Method, Slope Deflection Method, Method of Elastic Weights or the Methods of Dummy Unit-Loads, Area Moments, Virtual Work, Influence Coefficients ... but working on an example in this book is good, clean fun and frustration ... for the "geek" in all of us.

Some of the standard cliches apply to Analysis and Design of Flight Vehicle Structures. It is the analyst's "best friend" ... "a classic" ... "finer than frog hair split four ways" ... "the stress analyst's Bible" ... that "kicks [...] and takes names" ... and has "withstood the test of time".

If you like puzzles, you will love this book. It contains more aircraft stress analysis examples than you can solve in one lifetime. Many examples remind me of a combination of crossword puzzle, Jumble and Sodoku .... only more difficult ... and less fun. Examples range in difficulty from elementary ... to more painful than a root canal without Lidocaine done by your mother-in-law before electricity.

The problems are condensed. The book could easily be expanded to a five volume set. I would organize it differently ... but as Marge and Homer Simpson might say, "It's easy to criticize ... and FUN TOO!"

While there are many minor errors or "typos" in the book ... a few worth mentioning are:

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The work presented in this book has been used since it's inception by aircraft engineering professionals as the bible to be used for structural analysis - probably referenced as frequently as Roark's Formulas for Stress and Strain.
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In my 16 years in the Aerospace Industry I have rarely come across a more quoted or well known text with the possible exception of Roark's Formulas for Stress and Strain. Bruhn is the basis for most Aerospace company strength manuals. It is truly the Bible of flight vehicle analysis.
However, there is no index, only a cursory table of contents. A very good reference for a great deal of practical formulas but abrupt on theoretical explanation in most cases. Many example problems but again very abrupt on explanation. Could have better illustrations.
For all of the above reasons Bruhn gets high marks as a reference but as a text for learning it is lacking; even for someone with a background and education in basic stress analysis. It is still one of the most comprehensive and practical aircraft structural text around and still a must read for any flight vehicle structural engineer.
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By A Customer on November 24, 1998
This has most everything for structural design and analysis, and is used by everyone. Not the easiest read in the field, though!
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I think every aircraft structures designer should get this book. I have gone through many other books but its unique and the best.
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This is a well written book that aeronautical engineers and particularly those engaged in a serious study of aircraft structures design and analysis will find useful, helpful and handy. The author reinforced his message with numerous examples which should help the reader to grasp the fundamental aircraft design ideas and principles. Although the book has been around for some time (I first used it at university as a recommended text in aircraft design over 25 years ago), the theory and concepts are still very much relevant and applicable today.

For the beginner and expert alike, this book serves as a comprehensive reference on aircraft structural design concepts. I recommend that you buy it, read it and keep it on the shelf where you can easily access it and refer to it for critical insights into aircraft structural design.
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although this book is old, it is still the most frequently referenced book for those who are in aircraft design, or in any other relevant field of aerospace engineering. Be warned! The approaches are very mathematical so if your integration or diff.equation skills are rusty you'll need to brush up before you can truly understand the book. Other than that it is a great book and a pleasure to read. The seller was also very fair and very quick to ship the book. I recommend this book and this seller.
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