Aerodynamic Design of Transport Aircraft


Obert, E.

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“Good value for the amount of information it contains. Greatly recommended.”
- A.H. Fraser-Mitchel, The Aeronautical Journal

“All in all, this book is an obvious must for professionals and a source of inspiration for students in aircraft design. Personally, I’ve never come across such a total covering book in aerodynamic design before. Read, learn and enjoy!”
- Patrick Berry, Aircraft Conceptual Designer, Saab Aerosystems

“Aerodynamic Design of Transport Aircraft” provides a very comprehensive and absolutely solid insight into the various aspects of modern aircraft design. Ed Obert has been lecturing for a long period of time. Utilizing his extensive experience he developed a very clear way of formulating, describing and presenting this rich material collected over many years.”
- Prof. Dr.-Ing. Joachim Szodruch, Executive Board, German Aerospace Center

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Most textbooks on aerodynamic design of the aircraft can be grouped either in a class of books where the emphasis is on fluid dynamics, with particular attention to Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), or in a class of books mainly useful for preliminary design, where relations are presented between design requirements, resultant dimensions and basic shapes of the main aircraft components. The latter class usually pays little attention to flow physics.
In Aerodynamic Design of Transport Aircraft, an effort is made to bridge the gap between these two classes of textbooks. Although few formula are presented, relations are discussed in a descriptive manner between airflow characteristics, design requirements for the aircraft’s main components as they contribute to the aircraft’s overall performance, stability, control characteristics and the resulting detailed shapes.
In 45 chapters the text moves from first principles through the whole gamut of theoretical approaches backed up by a wealth of experimental and flight trials data. Modern swept-wing-, tail-surface- and control-surface-design is discussed. Chapters are devoted to the effect of propeller slipstream on stability and control, subsonic engine intakes and exhausts, and the estimation of aircraft weight and drag. The final part of the book covers certification requirements related to aerodynamic design and presents a general discussion on flight safety.
Ed Obert joined the Fokker Aircraft Company in 1964. His last position in a 32-year career was as Head of Flight Physics. He was also appointed part-time Professor at the Aerospace Faculty of Delft University of Technology, a position he held for 9 years.