J. Gordon Leishman,  Professor of Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park.

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ISBN: 0-5216606-0-2 (Hardback published 2000, second printing 2001) or ISBN: 0-5215239-6-6 (Paperback, 3rd printing published 2002) 560 pages, 49 photos, 235 figures, 7 tables

The usefulness of the modern helicopter lies in its unique ability to take-off and land vertically, to hover stationary relative to the ground, and to fly forward, backward, or sideways. These unique flying qualities, however, come at a price including complex aerodynamic problems, significant vibrations, high levels of noise, and relatively large power requirements compared to fixed-wing aircraft. This book, written by an internationally recognized teacher and researcher in the field, provides a thorough, modern treatment of the aerodynamic principles of helicopters and other rotating-wing vertical lift aircraft.The first part of the text begins with a unique technical history of helicopter flight, and then covers basic methods of rotor aerodynamic analysis and related issues associated with helicopter performance and aerodynamic design. The second part is devoted to more advanced topics in helicopter aerodynamics, including the analysis and modeling of airfoil flows, unsteady aerodynamics, dynamic stall, and rotor wakes. Every chapter is lavishly illustrated, and concludes with a full up-to-date bibliography and a set of homework problems. A companion instructor's manual provides solutions to the problems. Advanced undergraduate and graduate students, as well as practicing engineers and researchers, will welcome this thorough and modern text on helicopter aerodynamics.

Dr. Leishman is a Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland. He was previously an aerodynamicist at Westland Helicopters, Ltd. He is the author of over 100 technical papers on helicopter aerodynamics.

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  1. Introduction: A History of Helicopter Flight
  2. Fundamentals of Rotor Aerodynamics
  3. Blade Element Analysis
  4. Rotating Blade Motion
  5. Basic Helicopter Performance
  6. Conceptual Design of Helicopters
  7. Rotor Airfoil Aerodynamics
  8. Unsteady Aerodynamics
  9. Dynamic Stall
  10. Rotor Wakes and Tip Vortices


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