Theory of Wing Sections, Including a Summary of Airfoil Data

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Courier Dover Publications, 1959 - Technology & Engineering - 693 pages
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"Most useful in working with wing sections and methods for using section data to predict wing characteristics . . . much detailed geometric and aerodynamic data." Mechanical Engineering
The first edition of this work has been corrected and republished in answer to the continuing demand for a concise compilation of the subsonic aerodynamics characteristics of modern NASA wing sections together with a description of their geometry and associated theory. These wing sections, or their derivatives, continue to be the ones most commonly used for airplanes designed for both subsonic and supersonic speeds, and for helicopter rotor blades, propeller blades, and high performance fans.
Intended to be primarily a reference work for engineers and students, the book devotes over 300 pages to theoretical and experimental considerations. The theoretical treatment progresses from elementary considerations to methods used for the design of NACA low-drag airfoils. Methods and data are presented for using wingsection data to predict wing characteristics, and judiciously selected plots and cross-plots of experimental data are presented for readily useful correlation of certain simplifying assumptions made in the analyses. The chapters on theory of thin wings and airfoils are particularly valuable, as is the complete summary of the NACA's experimental observations and system of constructing families of airfoils. Mathematics has been kept to a minimum, but it is assumed that the reader has a knowledge of differential and integral calculus, and elementary mechanics.
The appendix of over 350 pages contains these tables: Basic Thickness Forms, Mean Lines, Airfoil Ordinates, and Aerodynamic Characteristics of Wing Sections.

  

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This is the bible for anyone who wants to do anything with aerodynamics. Don't even think about starting any project even remotely related to air movement, until you have read this! This was written by the two best aerodynamicist of their time, and is what todays understanding of wing sections and air flow is all based on. 

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Just can say Wow!very fine!in my opinion of course

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Contents

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF WINGSECTION CHARACTERISTICS
1
SIMPLE TWODIMENSIONAL FLOWS
31
THEORY OF WING SECTIONS OF FINITE THICKNESS
46
THEORY OF THIN WING SECTIONS
64
THE EFFECTS OF VISCOSITY
80
FAMILIES OF WING SECTIONS
111
EXPERIMENTAL CHARACTERISTICS OF WING SECTIONS
124
HIGHLIFT DEVICES
188
EFFECTS OF COMPRESSIBILITY AT SUBSONIC SPEEDS
247
REFERENCES
300
Basic Thickness Forms
309
Mean Lines
382
Airfoil Ordinates
406
Aerodynamic Characteristics of Wing Sections
449
INDEX
689
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