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This highly regarded textbook presents the entire process of aircraft conceptual design—from requirements definition to initial sizing, configuration layout, analysis, sizing, and trade studies—in the same manner seen in industry aircraft design groups. Interesting and easy to read, the book has more than 900 pages of design methods, illustrations, tips, explanations, and equations, and has extensive appendices with key data essential to design. The book is the required design text at numerous universities around the world and is a favorite of practicing design engineers.
RDS-STUDENT aircraft design software is a valuable complement to the text. RDS-STUDENT incorporates the design and analysis methods of the book in menu-driven, easy-to-use modules. Like the book, the program is now metric-friendly and all inputs and outputs can be interchanged between metric and fps units with the press of a button. A 69-page user’s manual is provided with the software, along with the complete data files used for the Lightweight Supercruise Fighter design example in the back of the book.
RDS-STUDENT runs on any PC-compatible system (486 or better) and runs on any version of Windows or DOS.
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Daniel P. Raymer has over 25 years experience in Aircraft Design and Configuration Layout, Computer-aided Design Methodologies and Design Education and has received the Rockwell Engineer of the Year Award for his work in computer-aided aircraft design methodologies, and the AIAA Summerfield Book award for his best-selling textbook "Aircraft Design: A Conceptual Approach". He is President of Conceptual Research Corporation, and consults for the RAND Corporation among others. His previous positions include Director-Advanced Design with Lockheed, Director-Future Missions at the Aerojet Propulsion Research Institute, and Project Manager-Engineering at Rockwell North American Aviation. Raymer received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Astronautics and Aeronautics from Purdue, and an MBA from the University of Southern California.
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