General Aviation Aircraft Design

General Aviation Aircraft Design

Applied Methods and Procedures

1st Edition - September 3, 2013

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  • Author: Snorri Gudmundsson
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123973290

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Find the right answer the first time with this useful handbook of preliminary aircraft design. Written by an engineer with close to 20 years of design experience, General Aviation Aircraft Design: Applied Methods and Procedures provides the practicing engineer with a versatile handbook that serves as the first source for finding answers to realistic aircraft design questions. The book is structured in an "equation/derivation/solved example" format for easy access to content. Readers will find it a valuable guide to topics such as sizing of horizontal and vertical tails to minimize drag, sizing of lifting surfaces to ensure proper dynamic stability, numerical performance methods, and common faults and fixes in aircraft design. In most cases, numerical examples involve actual aircraft specs. Concepts are visually depicted by a number of useful black-and-white figures, photos, and graphs (with full-color images included in the eBook only). Broad and deep in coverage, it is intended for practicing engineers, aerospace engineering students, mathematically astute amateur aircraft designers, and anyone interested in aircraft design.

Key Features

  • Organized by articles and structured in an "equation/derivation/solved example" format for easy access to the content you need
  • Numerical examples involve actual aircraft specs
  • Contains high-interest topics not found in other texts, including sizing of horizontal and vertical tails to minimize drag, sizing of lifting surfaces to ensure proper dynamic stability, numerical performance methods, and common faults and fixes in aircraft design
  • Provides a unique safety-oriented design checklist based on industry experience
  • Discusses advantages and disadvantages of using computational tools during the design process
  • Features detailed summaries of design options detailing the pros and cons of each aerodynamic solution
  • Includes three case studies showing applications to business jets, general aviation aircraft, and UAVs
  • Numerous high-quality graphics clearly illustrate the book's concepts (note: images are full-color in eBook only)

Readership

Aircraft manufacturers, aircraft designers, aircraft maintenance and modification organizations, students in aerospace engineering

Table of Contents

  • Dedication

    Chapter 1. The Aircraft Design Process

    Abstract

    1.1 Introduction

    1.2 General Process of Aircraft Design

    1.3 Aircraft Design Algorithm

    1.4 Elements of Project Engineering

    1.5 Presenting the Design Project

    Variables

    References

    Chapter 2. Aircraft Cost Analysis

    Abstract

    2.1 Introduction

    2.2 Estimating Project Development Costs

    2.3 Estimating Aircraft Operational Costs

    Exercises

    Variables

    References

    Chapter 3. Initial Sizing

    Abstract

    3.1 Introduction

    3.2 Constraint Analysis

    3.3 Introduction to Trade Studies

    Exercises

    Variables

    Chapter 4. Aircraft Conceptual Layout

    Abstract

    4.1 Introduction

    4.2 The Fundamentals of the Configuration Layout

    Variables

    References

    Chapter 5. Aircraft Structural Layout

    Abstract

    5.1 Introduction

    5.2 Aircraft Fabrication and Materials

    5.3 Airframe Structural Layout

    Variables

    References

    Chapter 6. Aircraft Weight Analysis

    Abstract

    6.1 Introduction

    6.2 Initial Weight Analysis Methods

    6.3 Detailed Weight Analysis Methods

    6.4 Statistical Weight Estimation Methods

    6.5 Direct Weight Estimation Methods

    6.6 Inertia Properties

    Exercises

    Variables

    References

    Chapter 7. Selecting the Power Plant

    Abstract

    7.1 Introduction

    7.2 The Properties of Selected Engine Types

    7.3 Aircraft Power Plant Installation

    7.4 Special Topics

    Exercises

    Variables

    References

    Chapter 8. The Anatomy of the Airfoil

    Abstract

    8.1 Introduction

    8.2 The Geometry of the Airfoil

    8.3 The Force and Moment Characteristics of the Airfoil

    Exercises

    Variables

    References

    Chapter 9. The Anatomy of the Wing

    Abstract

    9.1 Introduction

    9.2 The Trapezoidal Wing Planform

    9.3 The Geometric Layout of the Wing

    9.4 Planform Selection

    9.5 Lift and Moment Characteristics of a 3D Wing

    9.6 Wing Stall Characteristics

    9.7 Numerical Analysis of the Wing

    Exercises

    Variables

    References

    Chapter 10. The Anatomy of Lift Enhancement

    10.1 Introduction

    10.2 Leading-Edge High-lift Devices

    10.3 Trailing Edge High-lift Devices

    10.4 Effect of Deploying High-lift Devices on Wings

    10.5 Wingtip Design

    Variables

    References

    Chapter 11. The Anatomy of the Tail

    Abstract

    11.1 Introduction

    11.2 Fundamentals of Static Stability and Control

    11.3 On the Pros and Cons of Tail Configurations

    11.4 The Geometry of the Tail

    11.5 Initial Tail Sizing Methods

    Exercises

    Variables

    References

    Chapter 12. The Anatomy of the Fuselage

    Abstract

    12.1 Introduction

    12.2 Fundamentals of Fuselage Shapes

    12.3 Sizing the Fuselage

    12.4 Estimating the Geometric Properties of the Fuselage

    12.5 Additional Information

    Variables

    References

    Chapter 13. The Anatomy of the Landing Gear

    Abstract

    13.1 Introduction

    13.2 Tires, Wheels, and Brakes

    13.3 Geometric Layout of the Landing Gear

    Variables

    References

    Chapter 14. The Anatomy of the Propeller

    Abstract

    14.1 Introduction

    14.2 Propeller Effects

    14.3 Properties and Selection of the Propeller

    14.4 Determination of Propeller Thrust

    14.5 Rankine-Froude Momentum Theory

    14.6 Blade Element Theory

    Variables

    References

    Chapter 15. Aircraft Drag Analysis

    Abstract

    15.1 Introduction

    15.2 The Drag Model

    15.3 Deconstructing the Drag Model: the Drag Coefficients

    15.4 The Drag Characteristics of the Airplane as a Whole

    15.5 Miscellaneous or Additive Drag

    15.6 Special Topics Involving Drag

    15.7 Additional Information – Drag of Selected Aircraft

    Exercises

    Variables

    References

    Chapter 16. Performance – Introduction

    Abstract

    16.1 Introduction

    16.2 Atmospheric Modeling

    16.3 The Nature of Airspeed

    16.4 The Flight Envelope

    16.5 Sample Aircraft

    Exercises

    Variables

    References

    Chapter 17. Performance – Take-Off

    Abstract

    17.1 Introduction

    17.2 Fundamental Relations for the Take-off Run

    17.3 Solving the Equation of Motion of the T-O

    17.4 Database – T-O Performance of Selected Aircraft

    Exercises

    Variables

    References

    Chapter 18. Performance – Climb

    Abstract

    18.1 Introduction

    18.2 Fundamental Relations for the Climb Maneuver

    18.3 General Climb Analysis Methods

    18.4 Aircraft Database – Rate-of-climb of Selected Aircraft

    Variables

    References

    Chapter 19. Performance – Cruise

    Abstract

    19.1 Introduction

    19.2 General Cruise Analysis Methods for Steady Flight

    19.3 General Analysis Methods for Accelerated Flight

    Variables

    References

    Chapter 20. Performance – Range Analysis

    Abstract

    20.1 Introduction

    20.2 Range Analysis

    20.3 Specific Range

    20.4 Fundamental Relations for Endurance Analysis

    20.5 Analysis of Mission Profile

    Exercises

    Variables

    References

    Chapter 21. Performance – Descent

    Abstract

    21.1 Introduction

    21.2 Fundamental Relations for the Descent Maneuver

    21.3 General Descent Analysis Methods

    Variables

    References

    Chapter 22. Performance – Landing

    Abstract

    22.1 Introduction

    22.2 Fundamental Relations for the Landing Phase

    22.3 Database – Landing Performance of Selected Aircraft

    Variables

    References

    Chapter 23. Miscellaneous Design Notes

    Abstract

    23.1 Introduction

    23.2 Control Surface Sizing

    23.3 General Aviation Aircraft Design Checklist

    23.4 Faults and Fixes

    Variables

    References

    Appendix A. Atmospheric Modeling

    A.1 Introduction

    A.2 Modeling Atmospheric Properties

    References

    Appendix B. The Aerospace Engineer’s Formula Sheet

    B.1 Cost Analysis

    B.2 Constraint Analysis

    B.3 Weight Analysis

    B.4 Power Plant

    B.5 Wing Planform

    B.6 Tail Sizing

    B.7 Lift and Drag

    B.8 The Propeller

    B.9 The Atmosphere

    B.10 Airspeeds

    B.11 Take-off

    B.12 Climb, Cruise, and Maneuvering Flight

    B.13 Range and Endurance

    Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 1048
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2013
  • Published: September 3, 2013
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123973290

About the Author

Snorri Gudmundsson

Dr. Snorri Gudmundsson served from 1995-2009 at Cirrus Aircraft. He served in various engineering roles in the development of several aircraft, including the Cirrus SR20 and SR22 aircraft. From 2005-2009, he served as the Chief Aerodynamicist, where he was responsible for the aerodynamics of the SF50 Vision jet (recipient of the 2017 Collier Trophy). He had two appointments a Designated Engineering Representative (DER) for the FAA, as a Structural and Flight Analyst. He has contributed to the certification of several aircraft. This includes development and certification flight and structural testing. He has conducted load analysis, stability and control evaluation, and performance analysis on a variety of single and multi-engine aircraft. In 2010, Dr. Gudmundsson joined the faculty at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he is currently an Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering, teaching aircraft design and aerodynamics. Dr. Snorri has a Youtube channel on Aircraft Design: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS0O5jdhFrdYBFC5YJP6axg/

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Aerospace Engineering, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, FL, USA

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  • Anurag R. Thu Jul 16 2020

    General Aviation Aircraft Design

    A very informative book, the author has exemplary credentials and had condensed years of this knowledge into a single go-to reference book.

  • AlainRAMIER Sun Apr 26 2020

    Great book

    A great and comprehensive book for anyone involved in overall aircraft design. A mine of information, all subjects covered in a very clear way. Very well done.

  • EarlReyes Tue Dec 31 2019

    Excellent Resource

    I wish this book existed when I took aircraft design courses in college many years ago. Excellent resource full of useful information

  • linasLeo Wed Dec 12 2018

    Comprehensive

    Anyone looking for a constructive initial aicraft design guide should choose this book. It provides practical, down to earth, analysis methods and loads of reference data on existing aircraft design.

  • RickBoerma Fri Sep 07 2018

    Great book, covers all topics of aircraft design. A must have!

    I recently bought this book. It was already on my list for a while but I kept on waiting, such a mistake. What a great book this is. I should have bought it sooner. It covers all topics of aircraft design. It is great to read and the examples provide another layer of understanding. I wish I had this book at the beginning of my studies aerospace engineering. This one definitely belongs on the list of books to buy if you study aerospace engineering.