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What Makes Airplanes Fly? : History, Science, and Applications of Aerodynamics

Author: Peter P Wegener
Publisher: New York, NY : Springer New York, 1997.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
How can an airplane weighing many tons stay aloft for many hours, flying so smoothly that the passengers may feel less like they are moving than they would in a car? The answer, of course, lies in the wings and the air they are moving through, and the study of the flow of air around airplane wings is part of the science of aerodynamics. This book is about aerodynamics in the broadest sense. In addition to airplanes,  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter P Wegener
ISBN: 9781461222545 1461222540 0387947841 9780387947846
OCLC Number: 853269240
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 260 pages 67 illustrations)
Contents: 1 A Dream Comes True: The Wright Brothers and Their Predecessors --
1.1 The First Flights at Kitty Hawk --
1.2 Mythology and Legend --
1.3 Early Adventures --
1.4 From Cayley to the Wright Brothers --
2 Milestones of the Modern Age --
2.1 Notes on Aeronautical Research --
2.2 Great Moments in Aviation --
3 The Nature of Liquids and Gases --
3.1 Description and Properties --
3.2 Behavior of Liquids at Rest --
4 The Atmosphere of the Earth --
4.1 History and Composition --
4.2 Structure --
4.3 Global Circulation --
5 Air in Motion --
5.1 Description of Movement: Kinematics --
5.2 Conservation of Mass and Energy --
5.3 Viscosity and Turbulence --
5.4 The Boundary Layer --
6 Turning to Aerodynamics --
6.1 How Do We Test Models of Airplanes? --
6.2 Drag, Lift, and Other Coefficients --
7 Aerodynamic Drag --
7.1 What Is Drag? Blunt Bodies --
7.2 The Strange Case of the Sphere --
7.3 Slender Bodies, Skin Friction, Airfoils --
7.4 Automobiles, Etc --
8 Aerodynamic Lift --
8.1 Early Experience and Some History --
8.2 Lift of the Infinitely Extended Wing --
8.3 The Finite Wing of an Airplane --
8.4 How Birds Fly and Why We Cannot Copy Them --
9 Notes on the Whole Airplane --
9.1 Stability and Control --
9.2 Propulsion: From Propellers to Rockets --
10 Toward High Speed: Supersonic and Hypersonic Flight --
10.1 Pushing the Speed of Sound --
10.2 From Supersonic Transports to Future Dreams --
11 Air Transportation and the Outlook for the Future --
11.1 The New Traffic Patterns --
11.2 What Next --
Appendix 1 Facts from Algebra --
Appendix 2 Model Testing and Similarity --
A2.1-Aircraft Nomenclature and Model Testing --
A2.2-Dimensions and Units --
A2.3-Similarity Parameters and Model Testing --
Appendix 3 History of the Metric System: The SI System and Conversion Tables --
Appendix 4 Suggestions for Further Reading --
Appendix 5 Study Guide --
Figure and Table Credits --
Name Index.
Responsibility: by Peter P. Wegener.
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Dealing with aerodynamics in the broadest sense, this book discusses, in addition to aeroplanes, the aerodynamics of cars and birds, and the motion of diverse objects through air and water.  Read more...


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