Flight Mechanics Theory of Flight Paths

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2016-03-15
  • Publisher: Dover Publications

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This classic text analyzes the trajectories of aircraft, missiles, satellites, and spaceships subjected to uniform and central gravitational forces, aerodynamic forces, and thrust. Suitable for students and professionals in aerodynamic engineering, the treatment illustrates the wealth of related problems in applied mathematics and addresses their solutions in terms of vehicle design.
The three-part approach begins with a survey of foundations that covers general principles of kinematics, dynamics, aerodynamics, and propulsion. Subsequent chapters examine quasi-steady flight over a flat earth with applications to aircraft powered by turbojet, turbofan, and ramjet engines flying at subsonic, transonic, and supersonic speeds. The final chapters explore nonsteady flight over a flat earth with applications to rocket vehicles operating in the hypervelocity domain. A helpful appendix with material on properties of the atmosphere concludes the text.

Author Biography

Angelo Miele is A. J. Foyt Family Professor Emeritus in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Research Professor at Rice University in Houston, Texas.

Table of Contents

Part I Foundations
1. Elements of Kinematics
2. Elements of Dynamics
3. Equations of Motion for Rocket and Jet-Powered Vehicles
4. Scalar equations for Flight Over a Flat Earth
5. Scalar Equations for Flight Over a Spherical Earth
6. Aerodynamic Forces
7. Propulsion Systems
Part II
8. Introduction to the problem of Aircraft Performance
9. Performance of an Aircraft with a Parabolic Polar
10. Performance of an Aircraft with an Arbitrary Polar
11. Aircraft Performance at High Subsonic, Transonic, and Supersonic speeds
Part III
12. Nonsteady Aircraft Performance
13. Performance of Hypervelocity Vehicles
14. Aerodynamic Heating of  Hypervelocity Vehicles
15. Rocket Performance in a Vacuum
16. Multistage Rockets in aVacuum
17.Rocket Performance with Aerodynamic Forces Included
Appendix: Properties of the Atmosphere
Author Index
Subject Index

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