Aerodynamics for Engineering Students

Aerodynamics for Engineering Students

7th Edition - August 12, 2016

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  • Authors: Steven H. Collicott, Daniel T. Valentine, E. L. Houghton, P. W. Carpenter
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081001943
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081002322

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Aerodynamics for Engineering Students, Seventh Edition, is one of the world’s leading course texts on aerodynamics. It provides concise explanations of basic concepts, combined with an excellent introduction to aerodynamic theory. This updated edition has been revised with improved pedagogy and reorganized content to facilitate student learning, and includes new or expanded coverage in several important areas, such as hypersonic flow, UAV’s, and computational fluid dynamics.

Key Features

  • Provides contemporary applications and examples that help students see the link between everyday physical examples of aerodynamics and the application of aerodynamic principles to aerodynamic design
  • Contains MATLAB-based computational exercises throughout, giving students practice in using industry-standard computational tools
  • Includes examples in SI and Imperial units, reflecting the fact that the aerospace industry uses both systems of units
  • Improved pedagogy, including more examples and end-of-chapter problems, and additional and updated MATLAB codes


Undergraduate and graduate students in aeronautical engineering

Table of Contents


    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 Basic Flight Stability
    1.8 Control-Volume Analysis

    1.9 Hydrostatics

    1.10 Exercises 


    CHAPTER 2 Equations of Motion
    2.1 Introduction 
    2.2 One-Dimensional Flow: The Basic Equations
    2.3 Viscous Boundary Layers
    2.4 Measurement of Air Speed
    2.5 Two-Dimensional Flow
    2.6 Stream Function and Streamline 
    2.7 Momentum Equation
    2.8 Rates of Strain, Rotational Flow, and Vorticity
    2.9 Navier-Stokes Equations   
    2.10 Properties of the Navier-Stokes Equations 
    2.11 Exact Solutions of the Navier-Stokes Equations
    2.12 Exercises

    CHAPTER 3 Viscous Boundary Layers
    3.1 Introduction
    3.2  Boundary-Layer Theory   
    3.3 Similarity Solutions
    3.4 Boundary-Layer Separation 
    3.5 Flow Past Cylinders and Spheres 
    3.6 The Momentum-Integral Equation 
    3.7 Approximate Methods for a Boundary Layer on a Flat Plate with Zero Pressure Gradient 
    3.8 Additional Examples of the Momentum-Integral Equation 
    3.9 Laminar-Turbulent Transition 
    3.10 The Physics of Turbulent Boundary Layers
    3.11 Exercises

    CHAPTER 4 Compressible Flow
    4.1 Introduction 
    4.2 Isentropic One-Dimensional Flow 
    4.3 One-Dimensional Flow: Weak Waves 
    4.4 One-Dimensional Flow: Plane Normal Shock Waves 
    4.5 Mach Waves 
    4.6 Shock Waves  
    4.7 Some Boundary-Layer Effects in Supersonic Flow
    4.8 Exercises


    CHAPTER 5 Potential Flow
    5.1 Two-Dimensional Flows    
    5.2 Standard Flows in Terms of the vVelocity Potential and Stream Function  
    5.3 Axisymmetric Flows (Inviscid and Incompressible Flows)     
    5.4 Computational (Panel) Methods   
    5.5 Exercises   

    CHAPTER 6 Two-Dimensional Wing Theory   
    6.1 Introduction     
    6.2 The Development of Airfoil Theory   
    6.3 General Thin-Airfoil Theory 
    6.4 Solution to the General Equation 
    6.5 The Flapped Airfoil  
    6.6 The Jet Flap 
    6.7 Normal Force and Pitching Moment Derivatives Due to Pitching 
    6.8 Particular Camber Lines 
    6.9 The Thickness Problem for Thin-Airfoil Theory 
    6.10 Computational (Panel) Methods for Two-Dimensional Lifting Flows 
    6.11 Exercises 

    CHAPTER 7 Wing Theory
    7.1 The Vortex System
    7.2 Laws of Vortex Motion 
    7.3 The Wing as a Simplified Horseshoe Vortex  
    7.4 Vortex Sheets 
    7.5 Relationship between Spanwise Loading and Trailing Vorticity 
    7.6 Determination of Load Distribution on a Given Wing   
    7.7 Swept and Delta Wings   
    7.8 Computational (Panel) Methods for Wings
    7.9 Exercises 

    CHAPTER 8 Airfoils and Wings in Compressible Flow 
    8.1 Wings in Compressible Flow
    8.2 Exercises 


    CHAPTER 9: Computational Fluid Dynamics
    9.1 Computational Methods 

    CHAPTER 10 Flow Control, Planar and Rotating Wing Designs
    10.1 Introduction 
    10.2 Maximizing Lift for Single-Element Airfoils 
    10.3 Multi-Element Airfoils  
    10.4 Boundary Layer Control Prevention to Separation 
    10.5 Reduction of Skin-Friction Drag 
    10.6 Reduction of Form Drag 
    10.7 Reduction of Induced Drag
    10.8 Low-speed Aircraft Design Considerations
    10.9 Propeller and Rotorcraft Blades
    10.10 Reduction of Wave Drag
    10.11 Exercises

    Appendix A: Symbols and Notation
    Appendix B: Properties of Standard Atmosphere  
    Appendix C: A Solution of Glauert Type Integrals 
    Appendix D: Conversion of Imperial Units to Syst´eme International (SI) Units

Product details

  • No. of pages: 688
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2016
  • Published: August 12, 2016
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081001943
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081002322

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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