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Reference Desk
  • Other Special Publications

    • Propulsion Systems

The literature on the aerodynamics of propulsion is vast. Below is a short compendium of classical books.

  1. Kuchemann D, Weber J. Aerodynamics of Propulsion, McGraw Hill, 1953.
    Review: The book deals with the fundamental equations of propulsion (momentum, energy, mass), and treats one- and two-dimensional problems of propellers, ram-jets, turbojets. There is a discussion of air intakes, cooling, jet problems and aerodynamic propulsion in nature (somewhat surpassed now).

  2. Hawthorne WR (editor). Aerodynamics of Turbines and Compressors, Vol X of High Speed Aerodynamics and Jet Propulsion, Oxford University Press, London 1964.
    Review: This is one of the volumes of the High Speed Aerodynamics Series, all very good books. Many authors contributed. Topics discussed include cascade flows, 2D and 3D flows in turbomachinery, axial compressors and turbines, supersonic compressors, turbine design, blades interactions, experimental data.

  3. DE Sheperd. Aerospace Propulsion, American Elsevier Co., 1972.
    Review: The author presents a classification of engines and propulsion systems, the performance parameters, flows in diffusers, compustion chambers and exit nozzles. Systems discussed include: airbreathing engines, chemical rockets, electrothermal engines, ion and electromagnetic propulsion, space power generation.

  4. Mattingly JD, Heiser WH, Daley DH. Aircraft Engine Design, AIAA Educational Series, AIAA, 1987.
    Review:The book starts with an introductory chapter on the design process (needs, approach, mission analysis), and contains approximate analyses of mixed flow turbofan engines (on- and off design), turbofan, high by-pass ratio turbofan, turboprop, propeller, ramjet. There are exaustive chapters on engine sizing, component design, and aircraft-airframe constraints and integration.

  5. Archer, DR and Saarlas, M. An Introduction to Aerospace Propulsin, Prentice Hall, 1996.
    Review: This is a good introductory book. As many others it starts from a short historic chapter. Besides the usual aerodynamics and propulsion considerations, it contains a section concerning the environmental impact, and another one on birds propulsion, and an appropriate list of references.

  6. Mattingly JD. Elements of Gas Turbine Propulsion, McGraw-Hill, 1996.
    Review: With a great foreword by German jet engine pioneer Hans von Ohain. This is a modern book including elements of components peformances, nozzles and inlets; parametric studies of ideal and real engine cycles. It comes with some basic software programs.

  7. Oates GC. Aerothermodynamics of Gas Turbine and Rocket Propulsion, AIAA Educational Series, 1988.
    Review: Fundamental definitions, aerothermodynamics of quasi one-dimensional flows, chemical rockets, elements of turbojets, turbofans, turboprops and blade design (including cascades).

  8. Crumpsty N. Jet Propulsion: A Simple Guide to the Aerodynamic and Thermodynamic Design and Performance of Jet Engines, Cambridge Engine Technology Series, No. 2, 1998.

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