February 14, 2007
Principles of Helicopter Aerodynamics. Second Edition
Principles of Helicopter Aerodynamics. Second Edition. J. Cordon Leishman. Cambridge University Press, 40 W. 20th St., New York, NY 10011-4211. 2006. 826 pages. $120. ISBN 0-521-85860-7.In this much enlarged second edition, the author, a teacher and researcher in the field, seeks to provide a modern treatment of the aerodynamic principles of helicopters and other rotating-wing vertical lift aircraft, such as tilt rotors and autogiros. The first part of the text begins with a technical history of helicopter flight and then coven basic methods of rotor aerodynamic analysis. The second section is devoted to more advanced subjects in helicopter aerodynamics, including airfoil flows, unsteady aerodynamics, dynamic stall, and rotor wakes, among other topics. Part three contains chapters on autogiros and advanced methods of helicopter aerodynamic analysis. A new companion chapter on the aerodynamics of wind turbines discusses the similarities and differences with the aerodynamic problems found on helicopters. Copyright American Society of Mechanical Engineers Feb 2007
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