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This book is a modern treatment of the aerodynamic principles of helicopters and rotating-wing vertical lift aircraft. Part one covers the technical history of helicopter flight, basic methods of rotor aerodynamics, and performance-related design issues. Part two contains advanced topics in helicopter aerodynamics, including airfoil flows, unsteady aerodynamics, dynamic stall, rotor wakes, and rotor-airframe aerodynamic interactions. Part three contains chapters on autogiros and advanced aerodynamic analysis and a new chapter on the aerodynamics of wind turbines. The book is extensively illustrated and contains homework problems.Read more
- Author an internationally recognized expert on helicopter aerodynamics
- Only modern text that fully covers airfoil aerodynamics, unsteady aerodynamics, dynamic stall, and rotor wakes
- Exhaustive revision
- Four new chapters on autogiros, wind turbines, computer methods and rotor-airframe interaction.
- Solutions manual available
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"Professor Leishman has provided a significant addition to the literature that will prove its worth for many years to come."
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"[A] complete treatment of the subject, pulling together between its covers all the relevant topics in a useable manner. The book will be suitable for anyone in the industry or academia who has to function at a high technical level. In particular, I recommend it highly to those of us who are not aerodynamicists per se, but need to be increasingly well informed on aerodynamic matters..."
Stewart Houston, Aerospace Journal
"Not only is this book a good text for the graduate student but it is also a good book for practical engineers and researchers … This book is an excellent addition to a reference library."
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- Edition: 2nd Edition
- Date Published: April 2006
- format: Mixed media product
- isbn: 9780521858601
- length: 864 pages
- dimensions: 262 x 181 x 42 mm
- weight: 1.613kg
- contains: 11 tables 163 exercises
- availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
Table of Contents
Preface to the second edition
Preface to the first edition
List of main symbols
1. Introduction: a history of helicopter flight
2. Fundamentals of rotor aerodynamics
3. Blade element analysis
4. Rotating blade motion
5. Helicopter performance
6. Aerodynamics design of helicopters
7. Aerodynamics of rotor airfoils
8. Unsteady airfoil behavior
9. Dynamic stall
10. Rotor wakes and blade tip vortices
11. Rotor-airframe interaction aerodynamics
12. Autogiros and gyroplanes
13. Aerodynamics of wind turbines
14. Computational methods for helicopter aerodynamics
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