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Reference Desk
  • Other Special Publications

I have collected in this list of specialized publications in a number of different topics.

Experimental Methods

Although the experimental methods in aerodynamics include special laboratory techniques, we will mention only references on wind tunnel techniques, which are by far the most important.

  1. Pope A, Rae, WH. Low-Speed Wind Tunnel Testing, John Wiley, New York, 1984.
    Review: MUST HAVE. A classic of low speed wind tunnel techniques. It describes the basics of wind tunnel design, calibration, wall corrections, and forces/moments measurements.

  2. AGARD. Advanced Aerodynamic Measurement Technology, AGARD CP-601, May 1997.

  3. Goldstein E. (editor), Fluid Mechanics Measurements Taylor and Francis, 1996 (second edition).

  4. Ewald BFR (editor), Wind Tunnel Wall Corrections, AGARD AG-336, October 1998.
    Review: It’s a compendium on wall corrections and experimental techniques in both open and closed tunnels, for wings, VSTOL aircraft, helicopters, propellers, high lift systems. Many aspects treated, including transonic wall interference. Some theories are reviewed.

  5. Baker RC. Flow Measurement Handbook, Cambridge Univ. Press, 2000.
    Review: This is a comprehensive and modern book of flow measurements, and includes some basic fluid dynamics, besides the description of flowmeters and devices (nozzles, for example). There is a discussion of calibration methods, statistics, and specifications. Contains extensive bibliography. MUST HAVE.


Turbulence is a vast topic that falls outside the interest of this site. Here are a few important references. For more detailed literature, please search in other data bases.

  1. Hinze JO, Turbulence, McGraw-Hill, 1975.
    Review: Few people can study this book and find it useful for practical purposes. It is a landmark in basic research, but I cannot pull myself to read it.

  2. Tennekes H, Lumley JL. A First Course in Turbulence , The MIT Press, 1977
    Review: MUST HAVE, for basic understanding of the physics of turbulence. It includes chapters on spectral dynamics, free shear flows, wall shear flows, turbulent transport of momentum and heat. For those who start, there is an introduction to the “nature of turbulence”.

  3. Wilcox DC. Turbulence Modeling for CFD, DWC Industries Inc., La Canada, USA, 1993.
    Review: Opposite of Hinze’s book. It’s an engineering book, with discussion of algebraic models, energy equation models, compressibility effects. With a vast bibliography.

  4. Pope SB. Turbulent Flows, Cambridge Univ. Press, 2000.

Turbomachinery and Cascades Aerodynamics

  1. Wilson DG. The Design of High-Efficiency Turbomachinery and Gas Turbines, Prentice Hall, 1998.
    Review: A good book to start from: Basic 1D models, low and high speed testing, 3D flows, compressible theories, stalled and unsteady flows, plus an important chapter on design.

  2. Gostelow JP. Cascade Aerodynamics, Pergamon Press, 1984.
    Review: It is a fundamental book on cascades. The author discusses the basic equations, the important 2D models, incompressible and compressible flow characteristics, and special topics, such as cooling and tandem cascades. Good bibliography.

  3. Scholtz N. Aerodynamics of Cascades, AGARDograph No. 220, 1977.

Missile Aerodynamics

Technology reviewed here is related to high speed flows, lateral and longitudinal stability, and configurations. Many other non-aerodynamic aspects are treated. Present day state of the art is concerned with flight dynamics and guidance systems.

  1. Chin SS. Missile Configuration Design, McGraw-Hill, 1961.
    Review: This book focuses on configuration design, and has some chapters on aerodynamics proper (with an appendix on the aerodynamic derivatives), besides missile performances, stability derivatives, lateral and directional stability, power-plants (rocket motors, ram-jets), and design considerations. Everything from a sound engineering point of view.

  2. Nielsen JN. Missile Aerodynamics, McGraw-Hill, 1960 (also AIAA, 1988).
    Review: This is a classic book on missile technology. It includes slender body theory, wing-body-tail interference, wave drag, stability derivatives and aerodynamic controls. Mr. Nielsen makes it practical by adding formulas commonly used in missile aerodynamics. Recommended.

  3. AGARD, Missile Aerodynamics, AGARD R-804, VKI Special Course , May 1994.
    Review: This collection of papers includes high-alfa aerodynamics, lateral jet-control, supersonic air-intakes and a summary of computer codes for the prediction of aerodynamic performances. There is also some non aerodynamic aspects.

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