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The Library Shelf The book is clearly and pleasantly written and there is no doubt that the author has a consider­ able gift for exposition. In the opinion of the reviewer it will be of real service as an introductory An Introductory Treatise on the treatise on aspects of aircraft design to the young technicians and draughtsmen for whom it is Design of Aeroplanes primarily intended. At the same time it must be strongly emphasized that this is not a textbook Introduction to Aeronautics. By C. F. Toms. in the Preface he says, 'I trust.. . that the contents on aerodynamics and it would be very necessary (Charles Griffin. 40s.) and the method of presentation will be found for readers of the book to obtain sound aero­ acceptable by the aircraft technician and draughts­ dynamic introduction elsewhere. The reviewer REVIEWED BY PROFESSO R W. J . DUNCAN man, and by the student of aeronautics also'. D.Sc , FRS. must express his view that, although the book has These sentences explain very adequately the real merits, it has also some rather serious defects. intention of the autho r and the scope of the book, When one is presented with a boo k having such In many instances the treatment of aerodynamic while indicating its severe limitations. a very broad title as 'Introduction to Aeronautics' matters is sketchy and superficial. Also, loose and one does not know exactly what to expect. But Much of the exposition is centred on the design inaccurate statements are not uncommon; even one looks for a broad treatment of the subject problems of a particular twin-engined monoplane contradictory statements can be found. For and not merely a treatise on one particular aspect. whose general arrangement drawings are given in example, on p. 117 skin friction drag 'on all What one does find in this instance is an intro­ the frontispiece. This is referred to as 'our typical surfaces' is included in 'parasite drag'. But on ductory treatise on some non-structural aspects aeroplane'. A minor defect of the book is that this p. 119 it is said 'The total drag of a complete of the design of aeroplanes and rotating wing air­ aeroplane is introduced quite casually on p. 119 aeroplane is the sum of the (parasite plus profile) craft, together with some sketches of more funda­ without any specification beyond the G.A. draw­ drag and the induced drag...' . Instances of loose mental matters. The precise contents can be ings and a few particulars in Table 3.3.1. One statements are 'Reynolds' number.. . is a para­ judged from the titles of the eight chapters, which searches the Contents list and Index in vain for meter defining the ratio of inertia effects to vis­ are : Basic Concepts; The Power Unit; Drag and any reference to it. The method consists in giving cous effects in the flow over a body' (p. 36); it is Performance Estimation; Flaps, Take-Off and a general discussion of the matter under considera­ stated without qualification in equation (1.5.2) Landing; Control and Stability; Wind-Tunnel tion together with the relevant formulae, which that and Flight Testing; Flight Manoeuvres; Load and are then applied numerically to the 'typical aero­ Pressure Distribution; Rotating Wing Aircraft. plane'. This treatment will certainly be welcome There is a n appendix corresponding to each chap­ to many of the readers for whom the book is C , = Induced drag coefficient = ter. In his 'Explanatory Note' the author states intended. 'In the chapters the matters dealt with are treated A welcome feature of the book is Chapter 8 this being the component of CL in the direction only to the extent required for a practical applica­ dealing with the principles of rotating-wing air­ ab, which is the direction in which drag forces tion, the proofs of formulae being usually omitted. craft. The author acknowledges his indebtedness are measured'. Faults such as these point to want In the appendices selected matters are further to Mr R. Hafner for advice in connexion with this of care in the revision of the manuscript. expounded, and additional information and chapter, which could have been expanded with The review copy is marked 40X which seems references to published Reports are given.' And advantage. a very high price. The Relative Merits of Electrodeposited Nickel and Chromium. R. E. Wilson Professional Publications The Royal Aeronautical Society JOURNAL (Monthly) Under this heading are given each month the principal articles of aeronautical interest appearing Vol. 51, No. 441, September, 1947 in the current issues of the journals of the leading Professional Societies and Institutions The Behaviour of Structures under Repeated Loads. A. G. Pugsley. Gusts. W. Tye A Tabulation Method for the Calculation of the Critical Speed The Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences (U.S.A.) High Speed Aircraft Flying Limitations and Handling Prob­ of Wing Divergence. W. P. Targoff lems. F. W. Morgan JOURNAL OF THE AERONAUTICAL SCIENCES The Use of Rheo-Electrical Analogies in Certain Aerodynamical (Monthly) Problems. L. Malavard AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING REVIEW Vol. 14, No. 8, August, 1947 The General Theory of Cylindrical and Conical Tubes under Torsion and Binding Loads, Part V. J. Hadji-Argyns and P. C. (Monthly) A Survey of the Calculated Efficiencies of Jet Power Plants. Dunne J. H. Keenan and J. Kaye Vol. 6, No. 8, August, 1947 A Method for Calculating Airfoil Sections from Specifications The British Interplanetary Society XS—I Research Airplane. R. M. Stanley and R. J. Sandstrom on the Pressure Distributions. G. H. Peebles Pure Bending in the Plastic Range. H. A. Williams JOURNAL (Monthly) The Problem of Escape from Earth by Rocket. F. J. Malina The Institution of Production Engineers Vol. 6, No. 6, September, 1947 and M. Summerfield JOURNAL (Monthly) Numerical Procedures for Calculation of Stress Distribution Lagrange's Equations for a System of Variable Mass. D. F. in Sheet-Stringer-Frame Combinations. M. Stern Vol. XXVI, No. 9, September, 1947 Lawden October 1947 327 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology Emerald Publishing

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The book is clearly and pleasantly written and there is no doubt that the author has a consider­ able gift for exposition. In the opinion of the reviewer it will be of real service as an introductory An Introductory Treatise on the treatise on aspects of aircraft design to the young technicians and draughtsmen for whom it is Design of Aeroplanes primarily intended. At the same time it must be strongly emphasized that this is not a textbook Introduction to Aeronautics. By C. F. Toms. in the Preface he says, 'I trust.. . that the contents on aerodynamics and it would be very necessary (Charles Griffin. 40s.) and the method of presentation will be found for readers of the book to obtain sound aero­ acceptable by the aircraft technician and draughts­ dynamic introduction elsewhere. The reviewer REVIEWED BY PROFESSO R W. J . DUNCAN man, and by the student of aeronautics also'. D.Sc , FRS. must express his view that, although the book has These sentences explain very adequately the real merits, it has also some rather serious defects. intention of the autho r and the scope of the book, When one is presented with a boo k having such In many instances the treatment of aerodynamic while indicating its severe limitations. a very broad title as 'Introduction to Aeronautics' matters is sketchy and superficial. Also, loose and one does not know exactly what to expect. But Much of the exposition is centred on the design inaccurate statements are not uncommon; even one looks for a broad treatment of the subject problems of a particular twin-engined monoplane contradictory statements can be found. For and not merely a treatise on one particular aspect. whose general arrangement drawings are given in example, on p. 117 skin friction drag 'on all What one does find in this instance is an intro­ the frontispiece. This is referred to as 'our typical surfaces' is included in 'parasite drag'. But on ductory treatise on some non-structural aspects aeroplane'. A minor defect of the book is that this p. 119 it is said 'The total drag of a complete of the design of aeroplanes and rotating wing air­ aeroplane is introduced quite casually on p. 119 aeroplane is the sum of the (parasite plus profile) craft, together with some sketches of more funda­ without any specification beyond the G.A. draw­ drag and the induced drag...' . Instances of loose mental matters. The precise contents can be ings and a few particulars in Table 3.3.1. One statements are 'Reynolds' number.. . is a para­ judged from the titles of the eight chapters, which searches the Contents list and Index in vain for meter defining the ratio of inertia effects to vis­ are : Basic Concepts; The Power Unit; Drag and any reference to it. The method consists in giving cous effects in the flow over a body' (p. 36); it is Performance Estimation; Flaps, Take-Off and a general discussion of the matter under considera­ stated without qualification in equation (1.5.2) Landing; Control and Stability; Wind-Tunnel tion together with the relevant formulae, which that and Flight Testing; Flight Manoeuvres; Load and are then applied numerically to the 'typical aero­ Pressure Distribution; Rotating Wing Aircraft. plane'. This treatment will certainly be welcome There is a n appendix corresponding to each chap­ to many of the readers for whom the book is C , = Induced drag coefficient = ter. In his 'Explanatory Note' the author states intended. 'In the chapters the matters dealt with are treated A welcome feature of the book is Chapter 8 this being the component of CL in the direction only to the extent required for a practical applica­ dealing with the principles of rotating-wing air­ ab, which is the direction in which drag forces tion, the proofs of formulae being usually omitted. craft. The author acknowledges his indebtedness are measured'. Faults such as these point to want In the appendices selected matters are further to Mr R. Hafner for advice in connexion with this of care in the revision of the manuscript. expounded, and additional information and chapter, which could have been expanded with The review copy is marked 40X which seems references to published Reports are given.' And advantage. a very high price. The Relative Merits of Electrodeposited Nickel and Chromium. R. E. Wilson Professional Publications The Royal Aeronautical Society JOURNAL (Monthly) Under this heading are given each month the principal articles of aeronautical interest appearing Vol. 51, No. 441, September, 1947 in the current issues of the journals of the leading Professional Societies and Institutions The Behaviour of Structures under Repeated Loads. A. G. Pugsley. Gusts. W. Tye A Tabulation Method for the Calculation of the Critical Speed The Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences (U.S.A.) High Speed Aircraft Flying Limitations and Handling Prob­ of Wing Divergence. W. P. Targoff lems. F. W. Morgan JOURNAL OF THE AERONAUTICAL SCIENCES The Use of Rheo-Electrical Analogies in Certain Aerodynamical (Monthly) Problems. L. Malavard AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING REVIEW Vol. 14, No. 8, August, 1947 The General Theory of Cylindrical and Conical Tubes under Torsion and Binding Loads, Part V. J. Hadji-Argyns and P. C. (Monthly) A Survey of the Calculated Efficiencies of Jet Power Plants. Dunne J. H. Keenan and J. Kaye Vol. 6, No. 8, August, 1947 A Method for Calculating Airfoil Sections from Specifications The British Interplanetary Society XS—I Research Airplane. R. M. Stanley and R. J. Sandstrom on the Pressure Distributions. G. H. Peebles Pure Bending in the Plastic Range. H. A. Williams JOURNAL (Monthly) The Problem of Escape from Earth by Rocket. F. J. Malina The Institution of Production Engineers Vol. 6, No. 6, September, 1947 and M. Summerfield JOURNAL (Monthly) Numerical Procedures for Calculation of Stress Distribution Lagrange's Equations for a System of Variable Mass. D. F. in Sheet-Stringer-Frame Combinations. M. Stern Vol. XXVI, No. 9, September, 1947 Lawden October 1947 327

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