Aerodynamics for Engineering Students

Aerodynamics for Engineering Students, 7th Edition

Aerodynamics for Engineering Students, 7th Edition,E. L. Houghton,P. W. Carpenter,Steven Collicott,Daniel Valentine,ISBN9780081001943
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A complete textbook for undergraduate aerodynamics courses, featuring contemporary applications, computational exercises, and expanded coverage of compressible and incompressible flow and other interesting topics surrounding aerodynamic theory

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Key Features

  • Provides contemporary applications and examples that help students see the link between everyday physical examples of aerodynamics and the application of aerodynamic principles to aerodynamic design
  • Contains MATLAB-based computational exercises throughout, giving students practice in using industry-standard computational tools
  • Includes examples in SI and Imperial units, reflecting the fact that the aerospace industry uses both systems of units
  • Improved pedagogy, including more examples and end-of-chapter problems, and additional and updated MATLAB codes


Aerodynamics for Engineering Students, Seventh Edition, is one of the world’s leading course texts on aerodynamics. It provides concise explanations of basic concepts, combined with an excellent introduction to aerodynamic theory. This updated edition has been revised with improved pedagogy and reorganized content to facilitate student learning, and includes new or expanded coverage in several important areas, such as hypersonic flow, UAV’s, and computational fluid dynamics.


Undergraduate and graduate students in aeronautical engineering

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P. W. Carpenter

Affiliations and Expertise

Warwick University, UK

Steven Collicott

Dept of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University PhD Stanford University Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Affiliations and Expertise

Dept of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University, Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, IN, USA

Daniel Valentine


Daniel Valentine is a Professor of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering at Clarkson University and Affiliate Director of the Clarkson Space Grant Program which is part of the New York NASA Space Grant Consortium. This program has provided support for undergraduate research appointments, and for graduate students. He is currently investigating the nonlinear dynamics of two-dimensional, Navier-Stokes flows as part of his work on the development of computational methods to solve fluid dynamics problems. He is also working on the flow-structure interaction of long-span bridges, unsteady hydrodynamics and offshore renewable energy. Other activities include investigations to develop a computational method to predict the effect of a marine propulsor on wave resistance of ships, to examine the effect of density stratification on rotating flows, to develop computational tools to predict the time-averaged properties of high-Reynolds number flows among other fluid mechanics problems.

Affiliations and Expertise

Dept of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY, USA

Aerodynamics for Engineering Students, 7th Edition


CHAPTER 1 Basic Concepts and Definitions
1.1 Introduction
1.2 Units and Dimensions
1.3 Relevant Properties 
1.4 Aeronautical Definitions
1.5 Dimensional Analysis 
1.6 Basic Aerodynamics
1.7 Control-volume Analysis
1.8 Aerodynamics Around Us
1.9 Exercises


CHAPTER 2 Equations of Motion
2.1 Introduction 
2.2 One-Dimensional Flow: The Basic Equations
2.3 Viscous Boundary Layers
2.4 Measurement of Air Speed
2.5 Two-Dimensional Flow
2.6 Stream Function and Streamline 
2.7 Momentum Equation
2.8 Rates of Strain, Rotational Flow, and Vorticity
2.9 Navier-Stokes Equations   
2.10 Properties of the Navier-Stokes Equations 
2.11 Exact Solutions of the Navier-Stokes Equations
2.12 Aerodynamics Around Us
2.13 Exercises

CHAPTER 3 Viscous Boundary Layers
3.1 Introduction
3.2  Prandtl’s Boundary-Layer Equations   
3.3 Similarity Solutions
3.4 Boundary-Layer Separation 
3.5 Flow Past Cylinders and Spheres 
3.6 The Momentum-Integral Equation 
3.7 Approximate Methods for a Boundary Layer on a Flat Plate with Zero Pressure Gradient 
3.8 Additional Examples of the Momentum-Integral Equation 
3.9 Laminar-Turbulent Transition 
3.10 The Physics of Turbulent Boundary Layers
3.11 Exercises

CHAPTER 4 Compressible Flow
4.1 Introduction 
4.2 Isentropic One-Dimensional Flow 
4.3 One-Dimensional Flow: Weak Waves 
4.4 One-Dimensional Flow: Plane Normal Shock Waves 
4.5 Mach Waves 
4.6 Shock Waves  
4.7 Some Boundary-Layer Effects in Supersonic Flow
4.8 Exercises


CHAPTER 5 Potential Flow
5.1 Two-Dimensional Flows    
5.2 Standard Flows in Terms of the vVelocity Potential and Stream Function  
5.3 Axisymmetric Flows (Inviscid and Incompressible Flows)     
5.4 Computational (Panel) Methods   
5.5 Exercises   

CHAPTER 6 Two-Dimensional Wing Theory   
6.1 Introduction     
6.2 The Development of Airfoil Theory   
6.3 General Thin-Airfoil Theory 
6.4 Solution to the General Equation 
6.5 The Flapped Airfoil  
6.6 The Jet Flap 
6.7 Normal Force and Pitching Moment Derivatives Due to Pitching 
6.8 Particular Camber Lines 
6.9 The Thickness Problem for Thin-Airfoil Theory 
6.10 Computational (Panel) Methods for Two-Dimensional Lifting Flows 
6.11 Exercises 

CHAPTER 7 Wing Theory
7.1 The Vortex System
7.2 Laws of Vortex Motion 
7.3 The Wing as a Simplified Horseshoe Vortex  
7.4 Vortex Sheets 
7.5 Relationship between Spanwise Loading and Trailing Vorticity 
7.6 Determination of Load Distribution on a Given Wing   
7.7 Swept and Delta Wings   
7.8 Computational (Panel) Methods for Wings
7.9 Exercises 

CHAPTER 8 Airfoils and Wings in Compressible Flow 
8.1 Wings in Compressible Flow
8.2 Exercises 


CHAPTER 9: Computational Fluid Dynamics
9.1 Computational Methods 
9.2 Estimation of Profile Drag from the Velocity Profile in a Wake 
9.3 Application of Commercially Available Tools (Issues Confronted by Users)
9.4 Exercises

CHAPTER 10 Flow Control, Planar and Rotating Wing Designs
10.1 Introduction 
10.2 Maximizing Lift for Single-Element Airfoils 
10.3 Multi-Element Airfoils  
10.4 Boundary Layer Control Prevention to Separation 
10.5 Reduction of Skin-Friction Drag 
10.6 Reduction of Form Drag 
10.7 Reduction of Induced Drag
10.8 Low-speed Aircraft Design Considerations
10.9 Propeller and Rotorcraft Blades
10.10 Reduction of Wave Drag
10.11 Exercises

Appendix A: Symbols and Notation
Appendix B: Properties of Standard Atmosphere  
Appendix C: A Solution of Glauert Type Integrals 
Appendix D: Conversion of Imperial Units to Syst´eme International (SI) Units

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