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Old 06-23-2004, 01:43 PM
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I am interested in learning more than the basics of Aerodynamics. Can anyone suggest some books to start with?
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Default RE: Good Books?

"Introduction to Flight" by J. Anderson. It's pricey, but a very interesting and informative read.

http://www.av8n.com/how/ is an excellent online book on aerodynamics and flight.
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Thanks alot, Ive been reading through it. Really good info.
Old 06-24-2004, 04:00 PM
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A real good source for applied aerodynamics (not strictly the basic science, but how they apply to the various parts of the plane and how to use them) is Andy Lennon's book, Basics of Model Aircraft Design. You might enjoy that as well.
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Anderson's Intro to flight is joy to read and is good intro, he explains things well and you will understand it. The best about it is that he deduce most of the formulas in there, you will really get idea where and with what limitations the laws comes from. There is some few typos in formulas, like missing indexes etc, but really few.

Model aircraft aerodynamics by Simons is good also- there is some lack of formulas but very good qualitative discussion, especially about difference with high and low Re number flow. Low Re are not mentioned in Anderson and i quess in most other full size books.

Andy Lennon is pure application with barely any discussion, a must for reference but not really for understanding.
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Introduction to flight is the best book I know of, another good book for visulization is "an illistrated guide to aerodynamics" If you are going to be designing wings then you need "theory of wing sections" it is the best book on wing theory, and is essential during wing design.

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The only two books that specifically deal with MODEL aero theory are Martin Simons book mentioned above, and mine, Basic Aeronautics for Modellers. See www.traplet.com
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You need 2 books,

1) Martin SImmons Aerodynamics book
2) Go to any university bookstore that teaches Aeronautics and buy the Aeronautics 101 book. Between the two books you can design an airplane

Model Aerodynamics are the same as the real deal, except for some rule of thumbs for horizontal stabs and vertical stabs because lift is a velocity squared function! Thus at model speeds one must have larger areas to compensate, not to mention at slower speeds your RE # is much lower and can produce some very wierd characteristics...
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Aerodynamics for Naval Aviators has been around for eons, but is a good text that discusses full scale airplane aerodynamics using high school math and physics concepts... What makes it interesting is that it covers propeller, jet and supsersonic aerodynamics. [sm=cool.gif]

It ain't no page turner, but it does contain a wealth of information presented in a style that is easier to use than most aerodynamic texts. [sm=drowning.gif]

Cheers!

Jim

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