The book aims at explaining the fundamental principles of aerodynamics from an engineer’s point of view. Right from the beginning, it conveys a basic understanding of the behaviour of the real viscous fluid. Later, through appropriate approximations, the ideal inviscid fluid is introduced. It gives a clear exposition of the fundamentals of fluid dynamics, both viscous and inviscid, including the topic of boundary layer. The text provides introductory concepts of wind tunnel and measurements to give a balanced overview of the subject so that the students are exposed to experiments and laboratory practices at the outset. It emphasises the physics of various aspects of the fluid flow phenomenon so that the reader develops a ‘physical feel’ of the subject.
This book is primarily intended for the undergraduate students of aeronautical engineering and aerospace engineering. It can also be used by the students of mechanical engineering for their course in basics of fluid dynamics and aerodynamics.
• Use of a large number of flow visualisation photographs for illustration
• Use of a large number of innovative diagrams
• Adequate number of worked-out examples at the end of almost all the chapters
• A set of exercise problems at the end of every chapter