Principles of Helicopter Aerodynamics

Principles of Helicopter Aerodynamics

Principles of Helicopter Aerodynamics.J. Gordon Leishman. Cambridge University Press, 40 W. 20th St., New York, NY 100 11-4211. 2000. 496 pp. ISBN 0-521– 66060-2. $95.

The ability of helicopters to take off and land vertically, to hover, and to fly forward, backward, or sideways comes at the price of complex aerodynamic problems, significant vibrations, high noise levels, and relatively large power requirements. This book explains the aerodynamic principles of helicopters and other rotating-wing vertical lift aircraft. Besides the history of helicopter flight, basic methods of rotor aerodynamic analysis, and performance and design issues, the author covers airfoil flows, unsteady aerodynamics, dynamic stall, and rotor wakes. Each chapter is extensively illustrated and includes a bibliography and homework problems. A companion solutions manual is available.

Copyright American Society of Mechanical Engineers May 2001

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