Principles of Helicopter Aerodynamics with CD Extra

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 24, 2006 - Science - 826 pages
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Written by an internationally recognized teacher and researcher, this book provides a thorough, modern treatment of the aerodynamic principles of helicopters and other rotating-wing vertical lift aircraft such as tilt rotors and autogiros. The text begins with a unique technical history of helicopter flight, and then covers basic methods of rotor aerodynamic analysis, and related issues associated with the performance of the helicopter and its aerodynamic design. It goes on to cover more advanced topics in helicopter aerodynamics, including airfoil flows, unsteady aerodynamics, dynamic stall, and rotor wakes, and rotor-airframe aerodynamic interactions, with final chapters on autogiros and advanced methods of helicopter aerodynamic analysis. Extensively illustrated throughout, each chapter includes a set of homework problems. Advanced undergraduate and graduate students, practising engineers, and researchers will welcome this thoroughly revised and updated text on rotating-wing aerodynamics.

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Easy to understand and follow the subject. Great ref for pilot


A History of Helicopter Flight
Fundamentals of Rotor Aerodynamics
Blade Element Analysis
Rotating Blade Motion
Helicopter Performance
Aerodynamic Design of Helicopters
Aerodynamics of Rotor Airfoils
Unsteady Airfoil Behavior
Dynamic Stall
Autogiros and Gyroplanes
Aerodynamics of Wind Turbines
Computational Methods for Helicopter Aerodynamics
Appendix 815

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About the author (2006)

J. Gordon Leishman is the Minta Martin Chair of Engineering and Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland. He is a former aerodynamicist at Westland Helicopters and has written extensively on topics in helicopter aerodynamics. Dr Leishman is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is also Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of the American Helicopter Society.

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