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Joseph Katz , Allen Plotkin
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5 Feb 2001 Cambridge Aerospace Series (Book 13)
Low-speed aerodynamics is important in the design and operation of aircraft flying at low Mach number, and ground and marine vehicles. This 2001 book offers a modern treatment of the subject, both the theory of inviscid, incompressible, and irrotational aerodynamics and the computational techniques now available to solve complex problems. A unique feature of the text is that the computational approach (from a single vortex element to a three-dimensional panel formulation) is interwoven throughout. Thus, the reader can learn about classical methods of the past, while also learning how to use numerical methods to solve real-world aerodynamic problems. This second edition has a new chapter on the laminar boundary layer (emphasis on the viscous-inviscid coupling), the latest versions of computational techniques, and additional coverage of interaction problems. It includes a systematic treatment of two-dimensional panel methods and a detailed presentation of computational techniques for three-dimensional and unsteady flows. With extensive illustrations and examples, this book will be useful for senior and beginning graduate-level courses, as well as a helpful reference tool for practising engineers.

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  • Paperback: 630 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (5 Feb 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521665523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521665520
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 18 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 717,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This is a thoroughly modern and up-to-date high level academic textbook on theoretical low-speed aerodynamics, aimed at the advanced undergraduate or Masters level … Highly recommended.' Dr J. F. Henderson, Aeronautical Journal

'A superb, helpful reference.' Current Engineering Practice

'… a significant contribution to the aerodynamic literature. Several of my students have been able to begin their research careers in aerodynamics by reading and digesting this book. It is certainly a significant contribution to modern aerodynamic theory and numerical computation of aerodynamics flows over both simple 2-D and complex 3-D shapes.' Journal of Fluids Engineering

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This 2001 book offers a treatment of low-speed aerodynamics. It presents both the theory of inviscid, incompressible, and irrotational aerodynamics, and the computational techniques now available to solve complex problems. This second edition includes a new chapter on the laminar boundary layer, the latest versions of computational techniques, and additional coverage of interaction problems.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Mistitled but excellent. 22 April 2010
Lets get this straight (perhaps addressing the comments of a couple of other reviewers at the same time):
This book is NOT about low speed aerodynamics.

It should be called "The Panel Method for final year and graduate engineers".

Chapters 1-3 are about general theory pertaining to panel methods, which is useful although better taught elsewhere. I was already familiar with the theory but think a beginner would have more success perhaps with one of John D Anderson's textbooks, or using the MIT OpenCourseWare lecture series.

Chapters 4-7 are about niche solutions for aerodynamic modeling. While useful, the computational ability of most lifting line and panel codes simply negates the usefulness of this stuff, as it requires a lot of theoretical work and simplifies geometries substantially.

Chapter 8 is a useful expose of lifting line theory, which is where things start to get useful for modern practical aerodynamics.

Chapters 9-10 are about the general theory of panel methods.

Chapters 11-13 are about the theory pertaining to specific types of panel methods (2D, 3D, Unsteady).

Chapter 14 is about the use of boundary layer modeling (momentum integral equation etc) to predict drag and separation characteristics. Health warning: this is only for 2D flows, it can be applied for 3D geometries but that implementation is not considered here.

Chapter 15 contains a discussion of various additions/ modifications which can be made to the panel method to extend it's functionality (free surfaces, internal flows, jet engine sources etc) but does not give technical details.

Appendices include panel codes (in FORTRAN 77). They're OK but not astonishingly clear.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Useful, but.... 6 Feb 2004
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Not as approachable as it might be, even for an engineering graduate, albeit an old one. This is not as readable as McCormick, or even Abbott & von Doenhoff, but there is good information buried in there - just hard to extract.
I am reminded of the time when Digital Signal Processing was a black art, and lecturers were writing on the board with one hand whilst erasing with the other to preserve their monopoly of the technology.
I do not acuse Katz & Plotkin of this - they just seem to have arrived at a similar effect fortuitiously.
NOT for the amateur or enthusiast - it is a dense text.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. 17 April 2010
This book is such of books that is "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly".
It is basically focused in low speed aerodynamics panel methods, however the authors devote also one third of the book to the classical aerodynamics theory.
And that is when the "Bad" comes.
The theory and maths level of this book is high, not for the novice, and as you can imagine there is impossible to properly explain such a dense material in just a few hundred of pages.
The authors only quickly review what you "should already know" in order to properly understand panel methods which is the real main topic.
Personally, I had to jump into "Karamcheti", "Van Dyke", and others to properly understand almost all the theoretic part.

Once you have sound basis you can proceed into the panel methods, and the "Good" comes.
The subject is well explained with a lot of figures, examples, tips and state of the art additional information and references.
You will also find more than the basics, with treatment of the unsteady state, coupling with boundary layer, flow separation, and much more. Great!

But, I would like to warn everybody that after read the book wants to develop computer codes.
Proceed with extreme precaution!
2D Codes are easy, with a little effort I developed in a couple of weeks a code able to deal with multielement airfoil, but the 3D is the "Ugly".

My previous success with the 2D spurred me on to start the development of a 3D code,... A Nightmare!
The 3D geometry complicates all in an extremely way, there are hundred of subtle details about you will not find any information nor tip in the book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for every serious engineer 2 Jun 2001
Written by an Aerospace an Mechanics expert, this book is excellent if you want to learn the scientific bases to improve planes, cars or boats. I wish I had this book some years ago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good basic about numerical panel method 10 Mar 2014
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The book is very helpful for 2D and 3D numerical panel method and also covers the theory of potential flow
in details.
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