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Design-Centered Introduction to Aerospace Engineering

Narayanan M. Komerath
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Genre: Engineering
Language: English
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This book is the product of a course that was developed to meet a tough requirement: introduce Aerospace Engineering a.k.a. Rocket Science to students who are fresh out of high school. Assume no background in Calculus, Graphics, Computing, or College Physics or Chemistry. Well, the Wright Brothers did not have A.E. degrees either, and they flew just fine, in a craft that still amazes designers. Several senior students taking Aircraft Design helped me with the standards that had to be met; others found me the specifications of a new airliner. Advice at a party on Why First-Year Students Are Different, came in very handy indeed. On the first day, several senior colleagues populated the back row of the auditorium, purportedly to learn but possibly in anticipation of seeing me falling on my face. The students were told that they would be “flying” their own airliner designs inside 6 weeks. Whatever they thought of that, they just smiled. And did it. So can you. Hundreds of aerospace engineers have gone through the decades of course experience that now provide the backdrop of this book. The key is for the learner to have a certain amount of faith that there is a method to what looks like madness. It is undeniable that many first-year students who come through the Introduction course, do better designs, and demonstrate more comfort in the basic disciplines, than what the Senior students could do in a prior era. Somewhere along the way students got tired of designing transonic airliners, and wanted to go straight into their own supersonic planes and spacecraft – and so they did. There is no magic here: just a simplified explanation of how requirements are laid out, a first “guess” is made, and how that that is used to successively reduce uncertainty about every part of the vehicle and its life-cycle. The rigorous analysis that comes in the various disciplines of aerospace engineering, is glimpsed but not allowed to drown the learner at this stage. If the book succeeds, perhaps it may inspire a designer who will make the next generation of supersonic airliners happen. Among many other dreams that await determined effort to realize them.

About the Author

Narayanan Komerath is an aerospace engineer and professor with over 35 years of teaching and research at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. He has guided 21 PhDs, 75 MS and over 300 undergraduate research projects. His 430+ publications and 3 U.S. Patents span several areas across aerospace engineering, strategic affairs and advanced concepts. He is a Fellow of the NASA Institute of Advanced Concepts since 2000, showing how to build large radiation-shielded structures in orbit for long-term human habitation. This "Tailored Force Fields for Space Based Construction" project won and completed both Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the NIAC program. In Summer 2004 he was one of Boeing's Welliver Summer Faculty Fellows. From 2004 he served as a Senior Sam Nunn Fellow in the Center for Security, Technology and Policy, and has studied and written on various strategic issues. He works on problems that require ideas and methods from several fields. In 1998 he developed the online Aerospace Digital Library, expanded into the NASA "EXTROVERT" project on enabling learners to innovate across disciplines. This led to the course and book on Design-Centered Introduction to Aerospace Engineering. In 2006 as a member of the NASA-sponsored "8th Continent Chamber of Commerce" he developed a course and ultimately a textbook on Micro Renewable Energy Systems, leading to a Smart Village Roadmap for rural energy independence. In 2015/16 he won the John Leland Atwood of the American Society of Engineering Education and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics for excellence in Aerospace engineering education.

Book Details

ISBN: 9781949335002
Publisher: SCV Inc
Number of Pages: 191
Dimensions: A4
Interior Pages: B&W
Binding: Hard Cover (Case Binding)
Availability: In Stock (Print on Demand)

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