Aerodynamics for Engineering Students

Aerodynamics for Engineering Students, 6th Edition

Aerodynamics for Engineering Students, 6th Edition,E. L. Houghton,P. W. Carpenter,Steven Collicott,Daniel Valentine,ISBN9780080966328

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A complete textbook for undergraduate aerodynamics courses, updated with new contemporary applications, computational exercises, and expanded coverage of compressible flow

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Key Features

NEW: Expanded coverage of compressible flow

NEW: MATLAB(r) exercises throughout, to give students practice is using industry-standard computational tools. m-files available for download from companion website.
NEW: contemporary applications and examples help students see the link between everyday physical examples of aerodynamics and the application of aerodynamic principles to aerodynamic design.
NEW: additional examples and end of chapter exercises provide more problem-solving practice for students
NEW: improved teaching support with powerpoint slides,  solutions manual, m-files, and other resources to accompany the text


Already one of the leading course texts on aerodynamics in the UK, the sixth edition welcomes a new US-based author team to keep the text current. The sixth edition has been revised to include the latest developments in compressible flow, computational fluid dynamics, and contemporary applications. Computational methods have been expanded and updated to reflect the modern approaches to aerodynamic design and research in the aeronautical industry and elsewhere, and new examples of ‘the aerodynamics around you’ have been added to link theory to practical understanding.


Undergraduate and postgraduate students in aeronautical engineering. Growing market for Aeronautical Engineers in both civilian and defense-related areas.

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

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, 6th Edition

Chapter 1:  Basic Concepts and Definitions

Chapter 2:  Fundamental Equations of Fluid Mechanics

Chapter 3:  Potential Flow

Chapter 4:  Two-Dimensional Wing Theory

Chapter 5:  Wing theory

Chapter 6:  Compressible Flow

Chapter 7:  Airfoils and Wings in Compressible Flow

Chapter 8:  Viscous Flow and Boundary Layers

Chapter 9:  Flow Control and Wing Design

Chapter 10:  Propulsion Devices

Appendix A: Symbols and Notation

Appendix B

Appendix C: A Solution of Integrals of the Type of Glauert's Integral

Appendix D: Conversion of Imperial Units to Systeme International (SI) Units



Quotes and reviews

"The book is clearly written and can be confidently recommended as a general and comprehensive aerodynamics text for the use of students of aeronautical engineering."--Journal of Aerospace Engineering


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