Airship Technology

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 13, 2012 - Science - 749 pages
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This comprehensive guide to modern airship design and operation, written by world experts, is the only up-to-date book on airship technology intended as a technical guide to those interested in studying, designing, building, flying, and operating airship. In addition to basic airship principles, the book covers conventional and unconventional design in a panoramic and in-depth manner focusing on four themes: (1) basic principles such as aerostatics, aerodynamics, propulsion, materials and structures, stability and control, mooring and ground handling, and piloting and meteorology; (2) different airship types including conventional (manned and unmanned), hot air, solar powered, and hybrid; (3) airship applications including surveillance, tourism, heavy lift, and disaster and humanitarian relief; and (4) airship roles and economic considerations. This second edition introduces nine new chapters and includes significant revisions and updates to five of the original chapters.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Basic Principles
8
3 Aerodynamics
23
4 Stability and Control
60
5 Propulsion
87
6 Materials
113
7 Structures
149
8 Aerostatics
188
16 Improvements
389
17 Design Synthesis
409
18 Roles and Economic Considerations
431
19 Unconventional Designs
457
20 Solar Power
520
21 Zeppelin NT
547
22 Unmanned Airships
577
23 Hot Air Airships
602

9 Weight Estimates and Control
209
10 Systems
239
11 Mooring
258
12 Ground Handling
278
13 Meteorology
327
14 Piloting
357
15 Performance
379
24 HumanPowered Airships
619
25 Heavy Lift Airships
640
26 Aerodynamic Aspects of Hybrid Air Vehicles
681
27 Disaster and Humanitarian Relief
686
Index
697
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Gabriel Alexander Khoury is a Professor of Engineering at Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London and Padua University, Italy. His interests include airships in general and solar powered airships in particular, for which he first published the proof in 1978. He was elected Member of the Technical Committee of The Airship Association in 1979, Council Member in 1990 and Vice Chairman in 2011. Khoury has organised several international conferences of The Airship Association in Bedford, Cambridge, Friedrichshafen and most recently, Paris. For his contributions to airships, Khoury was elected a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He is also a chartered engineer, a Euro engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers, a Member of the Nuclear Institute, a Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers and Director of Fire Safety Design and Chief Executive of London Greenways.