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Mach 1 and Beyond: The Illustrated Guide to High-Speed Flight / Edition 1
     

Mach 1 and Beyond: The Illustrated Guide to High-Speed Flight / Edition 1

by Larry Reithmaier, Larry Reithmaier
 

ISBN-10: 0070520216

ISBN-13: 9780070520219

Pub. Date: 08/01/1994

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing

This compelling book opens up the world of high-speed flight to readers who do not have extensive technical backgrounds. Covering both subsonic and supersonic flight, it demystifies the world of high-speed aerodynamics, flight principles, gas turbine jets, and more. You'll learn why there are no supersonic airliners, what problems confront designers of 2,000-mph

Overview

This compelling book opens up the world of high-speed flight to readers who do not have extensive technical backgrounds. Covering both subsonic and supersonic flight, it demystifies the world of high-speed aerodynamics, flight principles, gas turbine jets, and more. You'll learn why there are no supersonic airliners, what problems confront designers of 2,000-mph aircraft, and whether or not a hypersonic, or Mach 5, airplane is likely to be built.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780070520219
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
08/01/1994
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
1Introduction1
2The atmosphere9
The standard atmosphere9
The real atmosphere13
Air as fluid15
Airspeed measurement15
3The basic airplane18
4Aerodynamic concepts for high-speed flight26
Lift28
Drag29
Effects of high-speed flight32
Speed of sound, aircraft velocity, and Mach number33
Compressibility drag, wave drag, and transonic flight33
Supersonic flight42
Performance45
Straight and level flight45
Sonic boom48
Hypersonic flight49
5The high-speed airplane at low speeds50
Lift of a wing50
Development of lift by a wing55
Slowing down the high-speed airplane65
6The jet engine (gas turbine engine)73
Development of the gas turbine engine73
The basic jet engine74
How a turbojet operates75
Types of gas turbine engines75
The gas turbine76
Basic engine components and their operation79
Compressor stall82
Combustors84
Turbines84
The high-bypass turbofan engine90
Aircraft engines for short takeoff and vertical takeoff and landing94
Thrust reversers96
Air inlet duct99
Jet fuels104
Engine instrumentation and controls105
Typical gas turbine engines105
7Stability and control110
Stability characteristics112
8Trade-offs for design121
Compressibility121
Typical supersonic flow patterns125
Airfoil sections in supersonic flow130
Configuration effects134
Characteristics of transonic flight137
Characteristics of supersonic flight138
Transonic and supersonic configurations139
Aerodynamic heating157
9Supersonic transports160
High-speed civil transport165
Conclusion170
10Beyond supersonic toward hypersonic flight171
Lifting bodies--the shape of hypersonics172
Propulsion systems174
Temperature environment175
Materials selection criteria176
Structural design requirements179
Interior environment requirements179
Structural concepts180
Structural configuration181
National Aero Space Plane (NASP)183
Judgment187
11Quest for the fuel-efficient airliner189
Benefits of airframe-related technologies191
Composite structures192
Active controls/control-configured vehicles193
Longitudinal stability augmentation195
Aerodynamic improvements195
Propulsion system improvements199
Appendices
AHigh-speed airplanes204
BDevelopment of the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird219
CEvolution of Lockheed's SST design238
Glossary257
Bibliography267
Index268

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