Saturday, October 17, 2015

Book Review: Jet Engines: Fundamentals of Theory, Design and Operation

Klaus Huenecke
Jet Engines: Fundamentals of Theory, Design and Operation
Wiltshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1997
Category: Aerospace Engineering

Rating: 4-Stars

Much like Huenecke's book on Modern Combat Aircraft Design, Jet Engines provides an illustrated introduction to the principals of jet engine operation, analysis and manufacture, without delving into the detailed mathematics required to carry out a design study.  The chapters cover the individual components, such as the intake, the compressor, the combustor, turbine, and the nozzle, as well as airframe integration, providing a selection of illustrations to convey the essential theory and mechanical design of the propulsion system.

The chapter on compressors, for example, explains the differences between a centrifugal and axial compressor, provides photographs and illustrations for how a typical compressor is assembled, explains the theory behind compresor row velocity triangles, and even provides an example compressor map: illustrating the relationship between the corrected airflow, and the compressor pressure ratio.  The book therefore provides the principals behind compressor operation without getting bogged down into all of the mathematics that would be necessary to perform an actual design or trade studies.

Huenecke's book ultimately succeeds at what it was intended to be: an introduction to jet engine operations for the non-engineer.  The text is readable, and the illustrations help to convey the physical principals being described.  It is not an engine design text - but it was also not intended to be.  It is therefore an appropriate introduction to a subject that has been otherwise neglected in the non-engineering literature.

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