This text provides a thorough, modern treatment of the aerodynamic principles of helicopters and other rotating-wing vertical lift aircraft. It covers basic topics of aerodynamic analysis, helicopter performance and design, and advanced topics, including airfoil flows and unsteady aerodynamics. Every chapter includes numerous illustrations, a bibliography, and homework problems.
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'… Professor Leishman has provided a significant addition to the literature that will prove its worth for many years to come.' Alfred Gessow, Vertiflite
'… a complete treatment of the subject, pulling together between its covers all the relevant topics in a useable manner. The book will be suitable for anyone in the industry or academia who has to function at a high technical level. In particular, I recommend it highly to those of us who are not aerodynamicists per se, but need to be increasingly well informed on aerodynamic matters …'. Stewart Houston, Aerospace Journal
'Not only is this book a good text for the graduate student but it is also a good book for practical engineers and researchers … This book is an excellent addition to a reference library.' Chee Tung, AIAA Journal
'This book should succeed magnificently as a thorough and up-to-date text on rotating-wing aerodynamics. Measure the book by any standard you please. It will emerge as one of the most excellent textbooks of modern times in the field of helicopter aerodynamics. The book is also particularly recommended to practising engineers in industry who will find it useful and stimulating.' Current Engineering Practice
Helicopters are highly capable and useful rotating-wing aircraft with roles that encompass a variety of civilian and military applications. Their usefulness lies in their unique ability to take off and land vertically, to hover stationary relative to the ground, and to fly forward, backward, or sideways. These unique flying qualities, however, come at a high cost including complex aerodynamic problems, significant vibrations, high levels of noise, and relatively large power requirements compared to fixed-wing aircraft. This book, written by an internationally recognized expert, provides a thorough, modern treatment of the aerodynamic principles of helicopters and other rotating-wing vertical lift aircraft. Every chapter is extensively illustrated and concludes with a bibliography and homework problems. Advanced undergraduate and graduate students, practising engineers, and researchers will welcome this thorough and up-to-date text on rotating-wing aerodynamics.
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