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Cambridge Aerospace Series #11: Introduction to Aircraft Designby John Fielding
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Here is an accessible introduction to the fundamentals of civil and military aircraft design. Giving a largely descriptive overview of all aspects of the design process, this well-illustrated account provides an insight into the requirements of each specialist in an aircraft design team. After discussing the need for new designs, the text assesses the merits of different aircraft shapes from micro-lights and helicopters to super-jumbos and V/STOL aircraft. Subsequent chapters explore structures, airframe systems, avionics and weapons systems. Later chapters examine the costs involved in the acquisition and operation of new aircraft, aircraft reliability and maintainability, and a variety of unsuccessful projects to see what conclusions can be drawn. Three appendices and a bibliography give a wealth of useful information, much not published elsewhere, including simple aerodynamic formulae, aircraft, engine and equipment data and a detailed description of a parametric study of a 500-seat transport aircraft.
This volume is an illustrated and accessible introduction to the fundamentals of civil and military aircraft design.
A well-illustrated and accessible introduction to the fundamentals of civil and military aircraft design.
Table of Contents
1. Why another aircraft design book?; 2. Why should we design a new aircraft?; 3. Why is it that shape? - Civil Aircraft; 4. Why is it that shape? - Military Aircraft; 5. Whatâ€™s under the skin? - structure and propulsion; 6. Whatâ€™s under the skin? - airframe systems; 7. Whatâ€™s under the skin? - avionics, flight control and weapons; 8. Why do aircraft cost so much?; 9. What help can I get?; 10. The shape of things to come? - What to do after a conceptual design?; 11. What can go wrong? - some lessons from past aircraft projects and a glimpse into the future; Appendix A. Useful aircraft design data; Appendix B. Parametric study example - high capacity airliner; Appendix C. Reliability and maintainability targets.
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