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The Development of Jet and Turbine Aero Engines

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Using language understandable to those without an engineering background and avoiding complex mathematical formulae, Bill Gunston explains the differences between gas-turbine, jet, rocket, ramjet and helicopter turbo shaft aero engines.

He traces their histories from the early days through to today's complex and powerful units as used in the latest wide-bodied airliners and high performance military jets.

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Overview

Using language understandable to those without an engineering background and avoiding complex mathematical formulae, Bill Gunston explains the differences between gas-turbine, jet, rocket, ramjet and helicopter turbo shaft aero engines.

He traces their histories from the early days through to today's complex and powerful units as used in the latest wide-bodied airliners and high performance military jets.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781852606183
  • Publisher: Haynes Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Edition description: Fourth
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Gunston, a former RAF pilot and flying instructor, is perhaps the best-known aviation writer in Britain today, with some 300 books published in a fifty-year writing career. His recent books include Night Fighters: A Development and Combat History (2nd edition, 2003) and World Encyclopedia of Aircraft Manufacturers: From the Pioneers to the Present Day (2nd edition, 2005).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
1 Principles 9
2 Compressors 16
3 Combustion 29
4 Turbines 39
5 Jetpipes 49
6 Propellers and fans 63
7 Engine systems 74
8 Construction 85
9 Installation 101
10 The pioneers 117
11 The Second World War 132
12 Rockets and ramjets 146
13 The post-war era to 1960 151
14 Powered lift 162
15 Military jet engines 173
16 Civil jet engines 182
17 Turboprops and propfans 199
18 Helicopters 212
Glossary 221
Index 222
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2003

    History of the Jet Engine

    This book contains a wealth of history and inside information on the development of the Commercial Jet Engine. I found it fascinating. Mr. Gunston is a world class engineer and a gifted writer. This book was not intended to be a basic primer. It was written for those of us that know how the engines operate but would like to know the differences between models and some of the problems with the development.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2000

    This book is ok at best

    If this book is meant as an intro to turbine engines, it is not the best you could choose. It is difficult to follow and can be quite frustrating if you are trying to learn about this technology from ground zero. I learned more on the Pratt and Whitney web site in one fifth the time.

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