Aircraft Performance

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John Wiley & Sons, 2007 - Technology & Engineering - 282 pages
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Straightforward methods to design and operate aircraft to meet performance specifications

Aircraft Performance sets forth a group of tested and proven methods needed to determine the performance of an aircraft. The central theme of this book is the energy method, which enhances understanding of the standard methods and provides accessibility to advanced topics. As a result, readers gain a thorough understanding of the performance issues involved in operating an aircraft in an efficient and economic manner.

While covering all the standard topics—level and climbing flight, range and endurance, take-off and landing, and maneuvering flight—the book focuses on the energy methods applied to path performance analysis. Throughout the text, numerous examples from both the commercial and military sectors show readers how the concepts and calculations are applied to real-life situations. Problems, ranging from basic to complex, test the readers' understanding and provide an opportunity for essential practice.

To help focus the readers' attention on core issues, this text assumes that aerodynamics and propulsion are known inputs. Special appendices are provided to present some aerodynamic and propulsive equations and data. In general, topics are separated into horizontal and vertical plane approaches. Following an introduction and overview, basic energy concepts are employed to obtain a fundamental performance equation.

This text, with its extensive use of examples and problem sets, is ideal for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students in engineering. It also serves as a reference for design engineers in both military and industrial sectors who want a set of clear and reliable methods to calculate aircraft performance.


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The General Performance Problem
Equations of Motion
The Basics
Climbing Flight
Range and Endurance
Nonsteady Flight in the Vertical Plane
Maneuvering Flight
Additional Topics
A Properties of Standard Atmosphere
Thrust Data for Performance Calculations
E Some Useful Conversion Factors

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MAIDO SAARLAS, who is recently retired, has been a professor or chairman of the Aerospace Engineering Department at the United States Naval Academy for the last thirty-eight years. He received his undergraduate and master's degrees at the University of Illinois and his doctorate at the University of Cincinnati. His industrial experience includes work with Bell Aircraft, North American, Douglas Aircraft, and General Electric companies. He is an author or coauthor of two books: Steam and Gas Turbines for Marine Propulsion and An Introduction to Aerospace Propulsion.

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