Aerospace Engineering on the Back of an Envelope (Google eBook)

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Springer Science & Business Media, Mar 5, 2012 - Technology & Engineering - 347 pages
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Engineers need to acquire “Back-of-the-Envelope” survival skills to obtain rough quantitative answers to real-world problems, particularly when working on projects with enormous complexity and very limited resources. In the case studies treated in this book, we show step-by-step examples of the physical arguments and the resulting calculations obtained using the quick-fire method. We also demonstrate the estimation improvements that can be obtained through the use of more detailed physics-based Back-of-the-Envelope engineering models. These different methods are used to obtain the solutions to a number of design and performance estimation problems arising from two of the most complex real-world engineering projects: the Space Shuttle and the Hubble Space Telescope satellite.
  

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Design of a high school sciencefair electromechanical robot
41
3 Estimating Shuttle launch orbit and payload magnitudes
76
4 Columbia Shuttle accident analysis with BackoftheEnvelope methods
169
5 Estimating the Orbiter reentry trajectory and the associated peak heating rates
221
6 Estimating the dimensions and performance of the Hubble Space Telescope
277
Index
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