Aerodynamics for Engineering Students

Aerodynamics for Engineering Students

6th Edition - February 18, 2012

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  • Authors: Steven H. Collicott, Daniel T. Valentine, E. L. Houghton, P. W. Carpenter
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080966335

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Already one of the leading course texts on aerodynamics in the UK, the sixth edition welcomes a new US-based author team to keep the text current. The sixth edition has been revised to include the latest developments in compressible flow, computational fluid dynamics, and contemporary applications. Computational methods have been expanded and updated to reflect the modern approaches to aerodynamic design and research in the aeronautical industry and elsewhere, and new examples of ‘the aerodynamics around you’ have been added to link theory to practical understanding.

Key Features

  • Expanded coverage of compressible flow
  • MATLAB(r) exercises throughout, to give students practice is using industry-standard computational tools. m-files available for download from companion website
  • Contemporary applications and examples help students see the link between everyday physical examples of aerodynamics and the application of aerodynamic principles to aerodynamic design
  • Additional examples and end of chapter exercises provide more problem-solving practice for students
  • Improved teaching support with PowerPoint slides,  solutions manual, m-files, and other resources to accompany the text


Undergraduate and postgraduate students in aeronautical engineering. Growing market for Aeronautical Engineers in both civilian and defense-related areas

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    Chapter 1. Basic Concepts and Definitions

    1.1 Introduction

    1.2 Units and Dimensions

    1.3 Relevant Properties

    1.4 Aeronautical Definitions

    1.5 Dimensional Analysis

    1.6 Basic Aerodynamics

    1.7 Exercises

    Chapter 2. Fundamental Equations of Fluid Mechanics

    2.1 Introduction

    2.2 One-Dimensional Flow: The Basic Equations

    2.3 Measurement of Air Speed

    2.4 Two-Dimensional Flow

    2.5 Stream Function and Streamline

    2.6 Momentum Equation

    2.7 Rates of Strain, Rotational Flow, and Vorticity

    2.8 Navier-Stokes Equations

    2.9 Properties of the Navier-Stokes Equations

    2.10 Exact Solutions of the Navier-Stokes Equations

    2.11 Prandtl’s Boundary-Layer Equations

    2.12 Boundary-Layer Equations

    2.13 Exercises

    Chapter 3. Potential Flow

    3.1 Two-dimensional Flows

    3.2 Standard Flows in Terms of ψ and ϕ

    3.3 Axisymmetric Flows (Inviscid and Incompressible Flows)

    3.4 Computational (Panel) Methods

    3.5 Exercises

    Chapter 4. Two-Dimensional Wing Theory

    4.1 Introduction

    4.2 The Development of Airfoil Theory

    4.3 General Thin-Airfoil Theory

    4.4 Solution to the General Equation

    4.5 The Flapped Airfoil

    4.6 The Jet Flap

    4.7 Normal Force and Pitching Moment Derivatives Due to Pitching

    4.8 Particular Camber Lines

    4.9 The Thickness Problem for Thin-Airfoil Theory

    4.10 Computational (Panel) Methods for Two-Dimensional Lifting Flows

    4.11 Exercises

    Chapter 5. Wing Theory

    5.1 The Vortex System

    5.2 Laws of Vortex Motion

    5.3 The Wing as a Simplified Horseshoe Vortex

    5.4 Vortex Sheets

    5.5 Relationship between Spanwise Loading and Trailing Vorticity

    5.6 Determination of Load Distribution on a Given Wing

    5.7 Swept and Delta Wings

    5.8 Computational (Panel) Methods for Wings

    5.9 Exercises

    Chapter 6. Compressible Flow

    6.1 Introduction

    6.2 Isentropic One-Dimensional Flow

    6.3 One-Dimensional Flow: Weak Waves

    6.4 One-Dimensional Flow: Plane Normal Shock Waves

    6.5 Mach Waves and Shock Waves in Two-Dimensional Flow

    6.6 Mach Waves

    6.7 Shock Waves

    6.8 Exercises

    Chapter 7. Airfoils and Wings in Compressible Flow

    7.1 Wings in Compressible Flow

    7.2 Exercises

    Chapter 8. Viscous Flow and Boundary Layers

    8.1 Introduction

    8.2 Boundary-Layer Theory

    8.3 Boundary-Layer Separation

    8.4 Flow Past Cylinders and Spheres

    8.5 The Momentum-Integral Equation

    8.6 Approximate Methods for a Boundary Layer on a Flat Plate with Zero Pressure Gradient

    8.7 Additional Examples of the Momentum-Integral Equation

    8.8 Laminar-Turbulent Transition

    8.9 The Physics of Turbulent Boundary Layers

    8.10 Computational Methods

    8.11 Estimation of Profile Drag from the Velocity Profile in a Wake

    8.12 Some Boundary-Layer Effects in Supersonic Flow

    8.13 Exercises

    Chapter 9. Flow Control and Wing Design

    9.1 Introduction

    9.2 Maximizing Lift for Single-Element Airfoils

    9.3 Multi-Element Airfoils

    9.4 Boundary Layer Control Prevention to Separation

    9.5 Reduction of Skin-Friction Drag

    9.6 Reduction of Form Drag

    9.7 Reduction of Induced Drag

    9.8 Reduction of Wave Drag

    Chapter 10. Propulsion Devices

    10.1 Froude’s Momentum Theory of Propulsion

    10.2 Airscrew Coefficients

    10.3 Airscrew Pitch

    10.4 Blade-Element Theory

    10.5 The Momentum Theory Applied to the Helicopter Rotor

    10.6 The Rocket Motor

    10.7 The Hovercraft

    10.8 Exercises

    Appendix A. Symbols and Notation


    Primes and Superscripts

    Appendix B

    Appendix C. A Solution of Integrals of the Type of Glauert’s Integral

    Appendix D. Conversion of Imperial Units to Systéme International (SI) Units



Product details

  • No. of pages: 740
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2012
  • Published: February 18, 2012
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080966335

About the Authors

Steven H. Collicott

Steven H. Collicott
Steven Collicott is a Professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University. His research interests include experimental fluid mechanics, low-gravity fluid dynamics, optical diagnostics, and applied optics. He has led the proposing, design, and construction of 27 low-gravity NASA aircraft experiments, designed 2 of 6 tests in the successful Capillary Fluids Experiments (CFE) performed in the International Space Station in 2006/07, and advised on CFE modifications scheduled for launch in 2010. Professor Collicott is the president-elect of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR). He was Inducted into Purdue’s “Book of Great Teachers” in 2008, which “honors outstanding teaching faculty who have demonstrated sustained excellence in the classroom.”

Affiliations and Expertise

Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA

Daniel T. Valentine

Daniel T. Valentine Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus and was Professor and Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York. He was also Affiliate Director of the Clarkson Space Grant Program of the New York NASA Space Grant Consortium, a program that provided support for undergraduate and graduate research. His Ph.D. degree is in fluid Mechanics from the Catholic University of America. His BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering are from Rutgers University. Dr. Valentine is also co-author of Aerodynamics for Engineering Students (Butterworth Heinemann).

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus and was Professor and Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY, USA

E. L. Houghton

P. W. Carpenter

Affiliations and Expertise

Warwick University, UK

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