Most textbooks on aerodynamic design of the aircraft focus on fluid dynamics, with particular attention to Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), or on preliminary design, where relations are presented between design requirements, resultant dimensions and basic shapes of the main aircraft components. The latter class usually pays little attention to flow physics.
In Aerodynamic Design of Transport Aircraft, an effort is made to bridge the gap between these two classes of textbooks. Although few formulae are presented, relations are discussed in a descriptive manner between airflow characteristics, design requirements for the aircraft’s main components as they contribute to the aircraft’s overall performance, stability, control characteristics and the resulting detailed shapes.
In 45 chapters the text moves from first principles through the whole gamut of theoretical approaches backed up by a wealth of experimental and flight trials data. Modern swept-wing-, tail-surface- and control-surface-design is discussed. Chapters are devoted to the effect of propeller slipstream on stability and control, subsonic engine intakes and exhausts, and the estimation of aircraft weight and drag.
The final part of the book covers certification requirements related to aerodynamic design and presents a general discussion on flight safety.