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Fundamentals of aerospace engineering: An introductory course to aeronautical engineering

Fundamentals of aerospace engineering: An introductory course to aeronautical engineering

Fundamentals of aerospace engineering: An introductory course to aeronautical engineering
By Manuel Soler

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The book is divided into three parts, namely: Introduction, The Aircraft, and Air Transportation, Airports, and Air Navigation. The first part is divided in two chapters in which the student must achieve to understand the basic elements of atmospheric flight (ISA and planetary references) and the technology that apply to the aerospace sector, in particular with a specific comprehension of the elements of an aircraft. The second part focuses on the aircraft and it is divided in five chapters that introduce the student to aircraft aerodynamics (fluid mechanics, airfoils, wings, high-lift devices), aircraft materials and structures, aircraft propulsion, aircraft instruments and systems, and atmospheric flight mechanics (performances and stability and control). The third part is devoted to understand the global air transport system (covering both regulatory and economical frameworks), the airports, and the global air navigation system (its history, current status, and future development). The theoretical contents are illustrated with figures and complemented with some problems/exercises. The problems deal, fundamentally, with aerodynamics and flight mechanics, and were proposed in different exams. The course is complemented by a practical approach. Students should be able to apply theoretical knowledge to solve practical cases using academic (but also industrial) software, such as MATLAB (now we are moving towards open source software such as SciLab). The course also includes a series of assignments to be completed individually or in groups. These tasks comprise an oral presentation, technical reports, scientific papers, problems, etc. The course is supplemented by scientific and industrial seminars, recommended readings, and a visit to an institution or industry related to the study and of interest to the students. All this documentation is not explicitly in the book but can be accessed online at the book's website The slides of the course are also available at the book's website: Fundamentals of Aerospace Engineering is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Comercial-Share Alike (CC BY-NC-SA) 3.0 License, and it is offered in open access both in "pdf" and "epub" formats. The document can be accessed and downloaded at the book's website. This licensing is aligned with a philosophy of sharing and spreading knowledge. Writing and revising over and over this book has been an exhausting, very time consuming activity. To acknowledge author's effort, a donation platform has been activated at the book's website.

Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #298168 in Books
  • Published on: 2014-01-01
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.61" h x .92" w x 6.69" l, 1.42 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 406 pages

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About the Author
Manuel Soler received a Bachelor's Degree in Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering (5-Year B.Sc, 07), a Master's degree in Aerospace Science and Technology (M.Sc, 11), both from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and a Doctorate Degree in Aerospace Engineering (Ph.D, 13) from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid. He developed his early professional career in companies of the aeronautical sector. In 2008, he joined the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, where he was a lecturer in the area of aerospace engineering. Since January 2014, Manuel Soler is Assistant Professor at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the field of aerospace engineering and conducts research activities. He has been a visiting scholar at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and UC Berkeley, USA. His research interests focus on optimal control with application to green trajectory planning for commercial aircraft in Air Traffic Management (ATM). Dr. Soler has participated in several research projects and has published his work in different international journal and conference papers. He has been awarded with the SESAR young scientist award 2013.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
5This is an excellent introductory text
By Donna A. Dulo
This is an excellent introductory text, and with the Creative Commons licensing it is very helpful for my students. The book covers all of the basic topics with clear text and solid illustrations. The prime focus of the book is actually aeronautical engineering rather than aerospace engineering but it does cover a segment of aerospace topics. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants the fundamentals of aircraft in a clear and concise text without extensive math, although this book does have mathematical examples in some applicable chapters, ranging from basic algebra to basic calculus. It covers a wide area of aeronautical topics from basic design, structure, and propulsion of aircraft through air navigation and airport and air transportation systems. It also provides a hefty dose of pure aerodynamics. The good thing is that you can preview the entire book on the author's website, found on the back cover of the book, and determine if this is the right book for you as an individual reader or as an aeronautical instructor.

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful.
5Absolutely wonderful introduction to Aerospace Engineering
By Riley Payung
Absolutely wonderful introduction to Aerospace Engineering, regardless that it does not include all that much information about spacecraft. I will be taking it with me into college and use it as a base for my career.

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
2A lot of typos in the book. No spelling ...
By Amazon Customer
A lot of typos in the book. No spelling check for it. They translate "units" into "unities" for example. The index is quite messy and some important topics are not included in it such as ISA, the book dedicates a couple of pages to this topic but no reference in the index

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