- Hardcover: 1152 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (December 2, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470539755
- ISBN-13: 978-0470539750
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 2.5 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #889,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
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 hereand not in most books on the subjectincludes 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.
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For us general aviation folks, there's a wealth of material here. The math for finding exact aerodynamic center and section lift distribution on real wings with taper and twist, and the differences between the approximate solutions and CFD and windtunnel results. A large chapter on propeller theory, and another on detailed aircraft performance (range, thrust required, field length, etc.) The problem sets range from commercial transports to human-powered designs. Most of the rest of the book covers aircraft stability and control, with plenty of clear and descriptive text accompanying the equations. Important results are highlighted in bold face throughout the text. Chapter 10 is particularly valuable in it's coverage of aircraft handling qualities and control response, relating the stability derivatives calculated in earlier chapters to the more qualitative aspects of how the plane 'feels' to the pilot. As another reviewer mentioned, the book ends with a chapter on the equations used for aircraft flight simulation, which is an interesting read even if you don't intend to write your own simulator.
The author is knowledgeable and nice. Maybe this is best as a reference, but it is hard to learn from.
I highly recommend this book for any engineer looking for a comprehensive reference for flight mechanics.
The treats are:
- A 25-page index, what a pleasure!
- Beautiful, clear figures (an element usually neglected by most)
- Real-world examples (think: can you go-around with one engine in a Tomcat?)
- A refresher in Aerodynamics in the first chapter.
This book is on the top 5 list of my aeronautical engineering collection. I wish every textbook was written this way.