Introduction to Aircraft Design / Edition 1by John P. Fielding
Pub. Date: 10/28/1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Giving a largely descriptive overview of all aspects of the design process, this wall-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. 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.
Table of Contents1. Introduction; 2. Why should we design a new aircraft? 3. Why is it that shape? - civil aircraft; 4. Why is it that shape - other types; 5. What's under the skin? - structure and properties; 6. What's under the skin? - airframe systems; 7. What's under the skin? - avionics, flight control and weapons systems; 8. Why do aircraft cost so much?; 9. What help can I get? - bibliography and computer-aided design; 10. The shape of things to come - should the project continue?; 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. A-90 parametric study. Example. The A-90 500-seat airliner; Appendix C. The prediction of aircraft reliability and maintainability targets; References; Index.
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