Aircraft Design: A Conceptual Approach, Fourth Edition / Edition 4

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Winner of the Summerfield Book Award

Winner of the Aviation-Space Writers Association Award of Excellence.

—Over 30,000 copies sold, consistently the top-selling AIAA textbook title

This highly regarded textbook presents the entire process of aircraft conceptual design—from requirements definition to initial sizing, configuration layout, analysis, sizing, and trade studies—in the same manner seen in industry aircraft design groups. Interesting and easy to read, the book has more than 800 pages of design methods, illustrations, tips, explanations, and equations, and extensive appendices with key data essential to design. It is the required design text at numerous universities around the world, and is a favorite of practicing design engineers.

The fourth edition is enhanced in many areas, with improvements and reworking of the text, expanded sizing and analysis methods, and up-to-date treatments of emerging technologies and concepts. A new section provides an introduction to spaceflight and rockets, including thrust analysis and vehicle sizing for launch and planetary missions. Appendices are revised and additional exam questions are provided.

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Presents the entire process of aircraft conceptual design, from requirements definition through initial sizing, configuration layout, analysis, sizing, and trade studies, in the same manner as seen in industry aircraft design groups. Focus is on design layout and design analysis. Because material concentrates on industry practice rather than theoretical definitions, only an elementary knowledge of mathematics is required. A simplified but complete set of first-order analytical methods is presented. Chapters cover every phase of conceptual design, including payload considerations, aerodynamics, propulsion, handling, cost analysis, and performance. This third edition adds metric data, and is revised to reflect the latest advances in technology. Includes extensive appendices with key design data. The author is president of Conceptual Research Corporation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563478291
  • Publisher: American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Series: AIAA Education Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 869
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Table of Contents

  • Design--A Separate Discipline
  • Overview of the Design Process
  • Sizing from a Conceptual Sketch
  • Airfoil and Geometry Selection
  • Thrust-to-Weight Ratio and Wing Loading
  • Initial Sizing
  • Configuration Layout and Loft
  • Special Considerations in Configuration Layout
  • Crew Station, Passengers, and Payload
  • Propulsion and Fuel System Integration
  • Landing Gear and Subsystems
  • Intermission: Step-by-Step Development of a New Design
  • Aerodynamics
  • Propulsion
  • Structures and Loads
  • Weights
  • Stability, Control, and Handling Qualities
  • Performance and Flight Mechanics
  • Cost Analysis
  • Sizing and Trade Studies
  • Design of Unique Aircraft Concepts
  • Conceptual Design Examples
  • Appendix A: Unit Conversion
  • Appendix B: Standard Atmosphere
  • Appendix C: Airspeed
  • Appendix D: Airfoil Data
  • Appendix E: Typical Engine Performance Curves
  • Appendix F: Design Requirements and Specifications
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