The literature on the aerodynamics of propulsion is vast. Below is a short compendium of
- 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).
- Hawthorne WR (editor). Aerodynamics of Turbines and Compressors, Vol X of
High Speed Aerodynamics and Jet Propulsion, Oxford University Press, London
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.
- DE Sheperd. Aerospace Propulsion, American Elsevier Co., 1972.
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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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).
- 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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