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Principles of Helicopter Aerodynamics


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Preface to the second edition; Preface to the first edition; Acknowledgements; List of main symbols; 1. Introduction: a history of helicopter flight; 2. Fundamentals of rotor aerodynamics; 3. Blade element analysis; 4. Rotating blade motion; 5. Helicopter performance; 6. Aerodynamics design of helicopters; 7. Aerodynamics of rotor airfoils; 8. Unsteady airfoil behavior; 9. Dynamic stall; 10. Rotor wakes and blade tip vortices; 11. Rotor-airframe interaction aerodynamics; 12. Autogiros and gyroplanes; 13. Aerodynamics of wind turbines; 14. Computational methods for helicopter aerodynamics; Appendix; Index.

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This book is a modern treatment of aerodynamic principles of helicopters and rotating-wing vertical lift aircraft.

About the Author

J. Gordon Leishman is the Minta Martin Chair of Engineering and Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a former aerodynamicist at Westland Helicopters and has written extensively on topics in helicopter aerodynamics. Leishman is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a Technical Fellow of the American Helicopter Society. He is Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of the American Helicopter Society. He is also the author of The Helicopter: Thinking Forward, Looking Back (2007).

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