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- DescriptionDietrich Kuchemann's The Aerodynamic Design of Aircraft is as relevant and as forward looking today as it was when it was first published in 1978. It comprises the philosophy and life's work of a unique and visionary intellect. Based upon material taught in a course at Imperial College London, the insight and intuition conveyed by this text are timeless. With its republication, Kuchemann's influence will extend to the next generation of aerospace industry students and practitioners and the vehicles they will produce. Kuchemann establishes three classes of aircraft based on the character of flow involved. Each class is suitable for a distinct cruise speed regime: classical and swept aircraft for subsonic and transonic cruise, slender-wing aircraft for supersonic cruise, and wave-rider aircraft for hypersonic cruise. Unlike most engineering texts, which focus on a set of tools, Kuchemann's approach is to focus on the problem and its solution - what kind of flow is best for a given class of aircraft and how to achieve it. With this approach, Kuchemann fully embraces the true inverse nature of design; rather than answer what flow given the shape, he strives to answer what flow given the purpose and then what shape given the flow.
- Author BiographyDietrich Kuchemann studied under Ludwig Prandtl at the University of Gottingen from 1930 until receiving his doctorate in 1936. He was a research scientist at the Aerodynamische Versuchs Anstalt Gottingen for ten years before joining the Royal Aircraft Establishment Farnborough. Kuchemann worked at the R.A.E. in various scientific and leadership roles until his death in 1976. Kuchemann's early work with Dr. Johanna Weber, his lifelong scientific collaborator, helped usher in the jet age and resulted in the publication of Aerodynamics of Propulsion in 1953. His conception of, and work on, slender-wing supersonic aircraft strongly influenced the development of the Concorde.
- Author(s)Dietrich Kuchemann
- PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics
- Date of Publication25/10/2012
- SubjectTransport Technology
- Series TitleAIAA Education Series
- Place of PublicationReston
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintAmerican Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight953 g
- Width165 mm
- Height236 mm
- Spine30 mm
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