Aircraft Performance: An Engineering Approach introduces flight performance analysis techniques that enable readers to determine performance and flight capabilities of aircraft. Flight performance analysis for prop-driven and jet aircraft is explored, supported by examples and illustrations, many in full color. MATLAB programming for performance analysis is included, and coverage of modern aircraft types is emphasized. The text builds a strong foundation for advanced coursework in aircraft design and performance analysis.
Table of Contents
General Description of Atmosphere
International Standard Atmosphere
Altitude and its Measurement
Speed of Sound
Equations of Motion
Application of Newton’s Second Law to Flight Phases
True and Equivalent Air Speed
Drag Force and Drag Coefficient
Calculation of CDo
CDo at various Configurations
Aircraft Engine Classification
Piston or Reciprocating Engines
Other Propeller-Driven Engines
Engine Performance Criteria
Engine Performance Calculation
Straight Level Flight – Jet Aircraft
Specific Speeds in Straight Level Flight
Straight Level Flight – Propeller Aircraft
Summary and Comparison
Climb and Descent
General Equations of Motion
Time to Climb
Take-off and Landing
Take-off Run Calculation
The Effect of Wind on Take-off and Landing
Maneuverability – Jet Aircraft
Maneuverability – Prop-Driven Aircraft
Aircraft Performance Simulation Using Numerical Methods
Take-off Rotation Analysis Using Numerical Methods
Free Fall Simulation
Take-off Airborne Section Analysis Using Numerical Methods
Climb Analysis Using Numerical Methods
Fastest Climb Analysis Using Numerical Methods
Time to Climb Analysis Using Numerical Methods
Parabolic Path for a Zero-Gravity Flight
Standard Atmosphere, SI Units
Standard Atmosphere, English Units
A Typical Project for Students
Mohammad H. Sadraey is an Associate Professor in the Engineering School at Southern New Hampshire University, New Hampshire, USA. Dr. Sadraey’s main research interests are in aircraft design techniques, Aircraft Performa, Flight Dynamics, and design and automatic control of unmanned aircraft. He received his MSc. in Aerospace Engineering in 1995 from RMIT, Melbourne, Australia, and his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Kansas, Kansas, USA. Dr. Sadraey is a senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He has over 20 years of professional experience in academia and industry. He is the author of three books including "Aircraft Design; A system Engineering Approach" published by Wiley publications in 2012.
"The major strength of this proposed book is (providing) more examples as well as exercise problems to enhance learning…..real aircraft data has been used to get to know about real time performance problems."
—N. Murugan, Vel Tech Institute of Science and Technology, India
"Starts off from the basics and gradually builds up the concepts…A definite must have for anyone who is having a genuine interest to graduating students to practicing engineers...lot of numerical examples and simulation problems using MATLB/SIMULINK are added features of the book...can be used for self-study too."
—Rajesh Joseph Abraham, Indian Institute of Space Science & Technology, India
"Nice took-off from the very basics and a wonderful flight through the hardest path of performance characteristics at various phases and landed with a modern approach in solving the performance problems smoothly. The author used both the system of units to meet the professional engineer demands. Modern tool is used wherever complex mathematical solution is required."
— N. Murugan, Veltech Dr. RR & Dr. SR University, India
"My first impression was that it is a large book, probably bigger than most textbooks students already have on their bookshelves. However, the content of the book is really good and follows a clear and logical approach to aircraft performance.
The breadth of the book would also provide an excellent foundation for Masters level Aeronautics students from other engineering disciplines wanting to get up to speed with aircraft performance and aeronautics specific content more generally. The appendices include performance data on a range of aircraft, and most interestingly an appendix on ‘Flight Records’, which includes some fascinating data. The book is certainly comprehensive, with extensive examples, problems at the end of each chapter and MATLAB code."
—The Aeronautical Journal, May 2018 Issue