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Introduction to Aircraft Design

ISBN-10: 0521657229

ISBN-13: 9780521657228

Edition: 1999

Authors: John P. Fielding, Michael J. Rycroft, Wei Shyy

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Giving a largely descriptive overview of all aspects of the aircraft design process, this illustrated account provides an insight into the requirements of each specialist in an aircraft design team.
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Book details

List price: $89.99
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/14/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 278
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Why another aircraft design book?
Topics
The design process
Why should we design a new aircraft?
Market surveys
Operator-derived specifications
Specification for a close air support aircraft
Airline specification for a 150-seat airliner
Why is it that shape? - Civil aircraft
Background
Civil aircraft types
Why is it that shape? - Other types
Military aircraft types
Rotorcraft and V/STOL aircraft
What's under the skin? - Structure and propulsion
General
The structure
Propulsion - the primary power system
What's under the skin? - Airframe systems
Secondary power systems
The fuel system
Furnishings
Safety installations
Landing gear installations
What's under the skin? - Avionics, flight control and weapon systems
Avionic systems
Flight control systems
Weapon systems
Why do aircraft cost so much?
General
Acquisition costs (the costs of buying or acquiring the aircraft)
Civil aircraft operating costs
Military aircraft life-cycle costs
The costs of reliability and maintainability
What help can I get? - Bibliography and computer-aided design
Aircraft design bibliography
Relevant data sheets
Computer design tools
The integration of computer tools as part of concurrent engineering
Classic computer-aided design systems
The shape of things to come - Should the project continue?
Introduction
Conceptual design definition
Comparison and choice
Simple decision-making techniques
Example of a conceptual aircraft design definition description - The Cranfield A-90
Progress of the A-90 project beyond the conceptual design stage
What can go wrong? - Some lessons from past aircraft projects, and a glimpse into the future
Introduction
Aircraft that suffered from requirements that were too restrictive, too ambitious or were changed during development
Projects that were overtaken by events
A step too far or too soon?
Some challenging future projects
Conclusions
Useful aircraft design data
Introduction
US/UK nomenclature
UK and US/SI conversion tables and airspeed charts
Aircraft leading data tables
Power plant data
Aerodynamic data
Structures and materials data
Landing gear data
Aircraft interior data
Aircraft weapons
A-90 parametric study. Example - the A-90 500-seat airliner
Introduction
Landing field distance
Take-off field length
Second segment climb
Missed approach
Cruise performance
Ceiling with one engine inoperative
Arrival at the match point
The prediction of aircraft reliability and maintainability targets
Introduction
Commercial aircraft dispatch reliability prediction
References
Index