Theoretical Aerodynamics is a user-friendly text for a full course on theoretical aerodynamics. The author systematically introduces aerofoil theory, its design features and performance aspects, beginning with the basics required, and then gradually proceeding to higher level. The mathematics involved is presented so that it can be followed comfortably, even by those who are not strong in mathematics. The examples are designed to fix the theory studied in an effective manner. Throughout the book, the physics behind the processes are clearly explained. Each chapter begins with an introduction and ends with a summary and exercises.
This book is intended for graduate and advanced undergraduate students of Aerospace Engineering, as well as researchers and Designers working in the area of aerofoil and blade design.
* Provides a complete overview of the technical terms, vortex theory, lifting line theory, and numerical methods
* Presented in an easy-to-read style making full use of figures and illustrations to enhance understanding, and moves well simpler to more advanced topics
* Includes a complete section on fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, essential background topics to the theory of aerodynamics
* Blends the mathematical and physical concepts of design and performance aspects of lifting surfaces, and introduces the reader to the thin aerofoil theory, panel method, and finite aerofoil theory
* Includes a Solutions Manual for end-of-chapter exercises, and Lecture slides on the book's Companion Website
Ethirajan Rathakrishnan, Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India Professor Rathakrishnan studied Aerodynamics, Propulsion and Aircraft Structure at Madras Institute of Technology, and obtained his PhD in Gas Dynamics in 1986. He is the founder of the High Speed Jet Laboratory at IIT Kanpur, with facilities to carry out research on aerodynamic and aeroacoustic characteristics of jets. His research interests include Fluid Mechanics, Gas Dynamics, Applied Gas Dynamics, Aerodynamics, and Experimental Techniques in Fluid Mechanics. He has published books and has contributed to numerous journals articles and conference proceedings, and been the recipient of many awards for his research both at home and internationally. Professor Rathakrishnan is currently Editor-In-Chief of the International Review of Aerospace Engineering Journal .