Conceptual Aircraft Design

Hardback by Ajoy Kumar Kundu, Mark A. Price, David Riordan

Provides a Comprehensive Introduction to Aircraft Design with an Industrial Approach 

This book introduces readers to aircraft design, placing great emphasis on industrial practice. It includes worked out design examples for several different classes of aircraft, including Learjet 45, Tucano Turboprop Trainer, BAe Hawk and Airbus A320. It considers performance substantiation and compliance to certification requirements and market specifications of take-off/landing field lengths, initial climb/high speed cruise, turning capability and payload/range. Military requirements are discussed, covering some aspects of combat, as is operating cost estimation methodology, safety considerations, environmental issues, flight deck layout, avionics and more general aircraft systems. The book also includes a chapter on electric aircraft design along with a full range of industry standard aircraft sizing analyses.

Split into two parts, Conceptual Aircraft Design: An Industrial Approach spends the first part dealing with the pre-requisite information for configuring aircraft so that readers can make informed decisions when designing vessels. The second part devotes itself to new aircraft concept definition. It also offers additional analyses and design information (e.g., on cost, manufacture, systems, role of CFD, etc.) integral to conceptual design study. The book finishes with an introduction to electric aircraft and futuristic design concepts currently under study.

  • Presents an informative, industrial approach to aircraft design
  • Features design examples for aircraft such as the Learjet 45, Tucano Turboprop Trainer, BAe Hawk, Airbus A320
  • Includes a full range of industry standard aircraft sizing analyses
  • Looks at several performance substantiation and compliance to certification requirements
  • Discusses the military requirements covering some combat aspects
  • Accompanied by a website hosting supporting material

Conceptual Aircraft Design: An Industrial Approach is an excellent resource for those designing and building modern aircraft for commercial, military, and private use.

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Format: Hardback, 1026 pages Language: English
Dimension: 211 x 61 x 259mm ISBN10: 1119500281
Weight: 2427g ISBN13: 9781119500285
Publication Date: 27 Dec 2018 Publisher: Wiley


Dr. Ajoy Kumar Kundu, PhD, FRAeS, FIMechE, CEng, is a former Professor (IIT, Kharagpur), Chief Aircraft Designer (HAL) and retired from Bombardier, Belfast. He is current honorary visiting faculty member in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (QUB). He held private pilot licence.

Professor Mark A. Price, PhD, CEng, FRAeS, FIMechE, is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Queen's University Belfast (QUB).

David Riordan, MSc, CEng, is Engineering Fellow, Nacelle Design and Powerplant Integration at Bombardier, Belfast, having previously been Chief Technical Engineer.


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