Aerodynamics for Engineering Students - 6th Edition - ISBN: 9780080966328, 9780080966335

Aerodynamics for Engineering Students

6th Edition

Authors: E. L. Houghton P. W. Carpenter Steven Collicott Daniel Valentine
Paperback ISBN: 9780080966328
eBook ISBN: 9780080966335
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 12th March 2012
Page Count: 740
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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


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




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About the Author

E. L. Houghton

P. W. Carpenter

Affiliations and Expertise

Warwick University, UK

Steven Collicott

Affiliations and Expertise

Dept of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University, Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, IN, USA

Daniel Valentine

Daniel Valentine is a Professor of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering at Clarkson University and Affiliate Director of the Clarkson Space Grant Program which is part of the New York NASA Space Grant Consortium. This program has provided support for undergraduate research appointments, and for graduate students. He is currently investigating the nonlinear dynamics of two-dimensional, Navier-Stokes flows as part of his work on the development of computational methods to solve fluid dynamics problems. He is also working on the flow-structure interaction of long-span bridges, unsteady hydrodynamics and offshore renewable energy. Other activities include investigations to develop a computational method to predict the effect of a marine propulsor on wave resistance of ships, to examine the effect of density stratification on rotating flows, to develop computational tools to predict the time-averaged properties of high-Reynolds number flows among other fluid mechanics problems.

Affiliations and Expertise

Dept of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY, USA


"The book is clearly written and can be confidently recommended as a general and comprehensive aerodynamics text for the use of students of aeronautical engineering." --Journal of Aerospace Engineering