Aerospace Engineering on the Back of an Envelope
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Aerospace Engineering on the Back of an Envelope

by Irwin E. Alber
     
 

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Engineers need to acquire “Back-of-the-Envelope” survival skills to obtain rough quantitative answers to real-world problems, particularly when working on projects with enormous complexity and very limited resources. In the case studies treated in this book, we show step-by-step examples of the physical arguments and the resulting calculations obtained

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Engineers need to acquire “Back-of-the-Envelope” survival skills to obtain rough quantitative answers to real-world problems, particularly when working on projects with enormous complexity and very limited resources. In the case studies treated in this book, we show step-by-step examples of the physical arguments and the resulting calculations obtained using the quick-fire method. We also demonstrate the estimation improvements that can be obtained through the use of more detailed physics-based Back-of-the-Envelope engineering models. These different methods are used to obtain the solutions to a number of design and performance estimation problems arising from two of the most complex real-world engineering projects: the Space Shuttle and the Hubble Space Telescope satellite.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783642225369
Publisher:
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date:
03/03/2012
Series:
Springer Praxis Books Series
Edition description:
2012
Pages:
326
Product dimensions:
6.61(w) x 9.45(h) x 0.03(d)

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