Aircraft Design: A Conceptual Approach

Winner of the Summerfield Book Award.

This highly regarded textbook presents the entire process of aircraft conceptual design—from requirements definition to initial sizing, configuration layout, analysis, sizing, and trade studies—in the same manner seen in industry aircraft design groups. Interesting and easy to read, the book has more than 900 pages of design methods, illustrations, tips, explanations, and equations, and has extensive appendices with key data essential to design. The book is the required design text at numerous universities around the world and is a favorite of practicing design engineers.

With the third edition, Raymer has updated his book to reflect the latest advances in technologies such as hypersonics, stealth, and STOVL, and the newest design methods including concurrent engineering, cost as an independent variable, and the impact of the factory of the future. With his usual easy-to-read style, he has expanded his treatments of such key areas as jet engine installation, CFD, trim analysis, CAD/CAM, propeller thrust analysis, weights estimation, cost analysis, and multivariable optimization. Raymer has added, by popular demand, a step-by-step description of how a typical design is developed (with illustrations), and also describes the technical concepts behind some unusual design approaches such as tailless, canard-pusher, no-lateral-symmetry (Rutan Boomerang), wing-in-ground effect, and the hypersonic waverider.

Along with the addition of metric data and equations, more than 30 new illustrations and homework examples have been added.

Table of Contents: Design—A Separate Discipline
Overview of the Design Process
Sizing from a Conceptual Sketch
Airfoil and Geometry Selection
Thrust-to-Weight Ratio and Wing Loading
Initial Sizing
Configuration Layout and Loft
Special Considerations in Configuration Layout
Crew Station, Passengers, and Payload
Propulsion and Fuel System Integration
Landing Gear and Subsystems
Intermission: Step-by-Step Development of a New Design
Structures and Loads
Stability, Control, and Handling Qualities
Performance and Flight Mechanics
Cost Analysis
Sizing and Trade Studies
Design of Unique Aircraft Concepts
Conceptual Design Examples
Appendix A: Unit Conversion
Appendix B: Standard Atmosphere, Compressible Flow, and Shocks
Appendix C: Airspeed
Appendix D: Airfoil Data
Appendix E: Typical Engine Performance Curves
Appendix F: Design Requirements and Specifications