Monday, November 2, 2015

Book Review: Advanced Airbreathing Propulsion

Y.M. Timnat
Advanced Airbreathing Propulsion
Malabar, FL:  Krieger Publishing Company, 1996
Category: Aerospace Engineering

Rating: 3-Stars

Timnat's Advanced Airbreathing Propulsion in many ways straddles between being an introductory book into the concepts of jet engine design, much like Klaus Hunecke's Jet Engines, and attempting to provide the foundational mathematics for future learning, much like John J. Bertin's Hypersonic Aerothermodynamics.  Advanced Airbreathing Propulsion therefore introduces many foundational relationships, but leaves out many of the practical details that would be necessary to execute a design trade study.

Relative to other texts in the field, Timnat's book therefore falls short when compared to more complete engineering texts that focus on turbomachinery.  It offers neither the illustrated layman's introduction of Klaus Hunecke's book, nor the full detail and depth offered by Aircraft Engine Design.

What Timnat's book does do is to provide equal weighting to the less commonly emphasized design concepts, such as ramjet propulsion, scramjet engines, ejector nozzles, and the like.  In this sense, as an introductory text, Advanced Airbreathing Propulsion is not without its merits.  It just doesn't stand up to its peers in other areas.

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