Sunday, September 20, 2015

Book Review: Practical Intake Aerodynamic Design

E.L. Golsdmith and J. Seddon, Editors
Practical Intake Aerodynamic Design
Washington, D.C.: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1993
Category: Aerospace Engineering

Rating: 4-Stars

Inlet design is no small part of how a jet aircrat either succeeds - or fails - to get the most out of its engine. This is an important element for subsonic operation, and a crucial element in supersonic flight.

As the title suggests, this is not a theoretical treatise, but an effort to assemble a practical guide to inlet design.  This text brings together a series of studies, by a variety of authors in the field, describing how developers quantify and alleviate such problems as inlet flow distortion, boundary layer ingestion, and variable supersonic inlet geometry. Included are empirical tools for providing first order estimates for pressure losses, as well as reviews of more specialized design challenges - such as inlets for STOVL aircraft.

In sum, Practical Intake Aerodynamic Design is an able companion to broader engineering design texts focused on either aircraft design or engine design.

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