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PBS MACH 1 and BEYOND : The Illustrated Guide to High-Speed Flight - Larry Reithmaier

PBS MACH 1 and BEYOND

The Illustrated Guide to High-Speed Flight

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Published: 22nd August 1994
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This compelling book opens up the world of high-speed flight to readers who do not have extensive technical backgrounds. Covering both subsonic and supersonic flight, it demystifies the world of high-speed aerodynamics, flight principles, gas turbine jets, and more. You'll learn why there are no supersonic airliners, what problems confront designers of 2,000-mph aircraft, and whether or not a hypersonic, or Mach 5, airplane is likely to be built.

Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
The atmospherep. 9
The standard atmospherep. 9
The real atmospherep. 13
Air as fluidp. 15
Airspeed measurementp. 15
The basic airplanep. 18
Aerodynamic concepts for high-speed flightp. 26
Liftp. 28
Dragp. 29
Effects of high-speed flightp. 32
Speed of sound, aircraft velocity, and Mach numberp. 33
Compressibility drag, wave drag, and transonic flightp. 33
Supersonic flightp. 42
Performancep. 45
Straight and level flightp. 45
Sonic boomp. 48
Hypersonic flightp. 49
The high-speed airplane at low speedsp. 50
Lift of a wingp. 50
Development of lift by a wingp. 55
Slowing down the high-speed airplanep. 65
The jet engine (gas turbine engine)p. 73
Development of the gas turbine enginep. 73
The basic jet enginep. 74
How a turbojet operatesp. 75
Types of gas turbine enginesp. 75
The gas turbinep. 76
Basic engine components and their operationp. 79
Compressor stallp. 82
Combustorsp. 84
Turbinesp. 84
The high-bypass turbofan enginep. 90
Aircraft engines for short takeoff and vertical takeoff and landingp. 94
Thrust reversersp. 96
Air inlet ductp. 99
Jet fuelsp. 104
Engine instrumentation and controlsp. 105
Typical gas turbine enginesp. 105
Stability and controlp. 110
Stability characteristicsp. 112
Trade-offs for designp. 121
Compressibilityp. 121
Typical supersonic flow patternsp. 125
Airfoil sections in supersonic flowp. 130
Configuration effectsp. 134
Characteristics of transonic flightp. 137
Characteristics of supersonic flightp. 138
Transonic and supersonic configurationsp. 139
Aerodynamic heatingp. 157
Supersonic transportsp. 160
High-speed civil transportp. 165
Conclusionp. 170
Beyond supersonic toward hypersonic flightp. 171
Lifting bodies--the shape of hypersonicsp. 172
Propulsion systemsp. 174
Temperature environmentp. 175
Materials selection criteriap. 176
Structural design requirementsp. 179
Interior environment requirementsp. 179
Structural conceptsp. 180
Structural configurationp. 181
National Aero Space Plane (NASP)p. 183
Judgmentp. 187
Quest for the fuel-efficient airlinerp. 189
Benefits of airframe-related technologiesp. 191
Composite structuresp. 192
Active controls/control-configured vehiclesp. 193
Longitudinal stability augmentationp. 195
Aerodynamic improvementsp. 195
Propulsion system improvementsp. 199
Appendices
High-speed airplanesp. 204
Development of the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbirdp. 219
Evolution of Lockheed's SST designp. 238
Glossaryp. 257
Bibliographyp. 267
Indexp. 268
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ISBN: 9780070520219
ISBN-10: 0070520216
Series: Aviation
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 22nd August 1994
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 19.1  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1