Innovation in Aeronautics

Edited by

  • T Young, University of Limerick, Ireland
  • M Hirst, Airport Planning and Development Ltd, UK

Innovation in aerospace design and engineering is essential to meet the many challenges facing this sector. Innovation in aeronautics explores both a range of innovative ideas and how the process of innovation itself can be effectively managed.

After an introduction to innovation in aeronautics, part one reviews developments including biologically-inspired technologies, morphing aerodynamic concepts, jet engine design drivers, and developments underpinned by digital technologies. The environment and human factors in innovation are also explored as are trends in supersonic passenger air travel. Part two goes on to examine change and the processes and management involved in innovative technology development. Challenges faced in aeronautical production are the focus of part three, which reviews topics such as intellectual property and patents, risk mitigation and the use of lean engineering. Finally, part four examines key issues in what makes for successful innovation in this sector.

With its distinguished editors and international team of expert contributors, Innovation in aeronautics is an essential guide for all those involved in the design and engineering of aerospace structures and systems.
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Designers , engineers in the aerospace sector, jet engine manufacturers, avionic engineers


Book information

  • Published: June 2012
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84569-550-7

Table of Contents

Introduction to innovation in aeronautics. Part 1 Concepts: Biologically inspired technologies for aeronautics; Aircraft morphing technologies; Jet engine design drivers: Past, present and future; Innovation in avionic systems: Developments underpinned by digital technologies; The environment as the key design driver in aeronautics; The human factors that relate to technological developments in aviation; Innovation in supersonic passenger air travel. Part 2 Change: The process of innovation in aeronautics; Managing innovative technology development in aeronautics: Technology assessment (TA) techniques; Mining the ‘far side’ of technology to develop revolutionary aircraft prototypes: The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) approach; Revolutionary ideas about the future of air transport. Part 3 Challenges: Intellectual property, patents and innovation in aeronautics; Cost, time and technical performance risk mitigation in large, complex and innovative aeronautics development projects; Innovation in aeronautics through lean engineering. Part 4 Conclusion: Conclusion: Innovations in aeronautics.