Foundations of Helicopter Flight

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Elsevier, Apr 7, 1994 - Business & Economics - 320 pages
The unique design problems which helicopters produce are many and complex. Through practical examples and illustrated case studies, supported by all the relevant theory, this primer text provides an accessible introduction which guides the reader through the theory, design, construction and operation of helicopters. Fundamental performance and control equations are developed, from which the book explores the rotor aerodynamic and dynamic characteristics of helicopters. Example calculations and performance predictions, reflecting current practice, show how to assess the feasibility of a design.



* Tackles the theory, design, construction and operation of helicopters
* Illustrated with many practical examples and case studies
* Provides the fundamental equations describing performance and dynamic behaviour
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
1
Chapter 2 Rotorcraft configurations
12
Chapter 3 The rotor in hover
27
Chapter 4 The rotor in axial flightclimb and descent
49
Chapter 5 The rotor in forward flight
63
Chapter 6 Dynamics of the rotor
79
Chapter 7 Autorotative performance
117
Chapter 8 Blade dynamics
131
Chapter 11 Tail rotors
182
Chapter 12 Ground resonance
218
Chapter 13 Rotor speed governing
242
Chapter 14 Methods of calculating helicopter power fuel consumption and mission performance
252
Chapter 15 Epiloguethe windmill
282
References
291
Bibliography
293
Index
299

Chapter 9 Helicopter trim
144
Chapter 10 Vibration and its transmission
163

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