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

NEW: Expanded coverage of compressible flow

NEW: MATLAB(r) exercises throughout, to give students practice is using industry-standard computational tools. m-files available for download from companion website.
NEW: contemporary applications and examples help students see the link between everyday physical examples of aerodynamics and the application of aerodynamic principles to aerodynamic design.
NEW: additional examples and end of chapter exercises provide more problem-solving practice for students
NEW: 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) Method


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About the authors

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