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Books on Aerodynamics

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Competition Car Aerodynamics: A Practical Handbook
by Simon McBeath

Bk & DVD edition (May 31, 2006)

Aerodynamics is a science in itself, and is one of the most important factors in modern competition car design. This new book, a successor to "Competition Car Downforce", covers all aspects of aerodynamics, including both downforce and drag. This complex subject is explained in down-to-earth terms, with the aid of numerous illustrations, including color CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) diagrams to demonstrate how aerodynamic devices work. Aimed primarily at amateur and semi-professional designers and drivers, as well as students, this fascinating book will also appeal to armchair enthusiasts wishing to gain a better understanding of the subject.

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Competition Car Downforce: A Practical Handbook
by Simon McBeath
2nd edition (April 15, 2000)

This book "is so readable and common sense that no person who regularly participates in the [Sports Racer] forum should be without it. There's no math in it, just lots of diagrams and photos illustrating the well-written text. It comes as close to Racecar Aero for Dummies as one is likely to get," Stan Clayton.

purchase book at Amazon Race Car Aerodynamics: Designing for Speed (Engineering and Performance)
by Joseph Katz

"Race Car Aerodynamics is the first book to summarize the secrets of the rapidly developing field of high-speed vehicle design. Author Joseph Katz provides clear explanations for both the engineer who wants to improve his or her design skills and enthusiasts who simply want to understand how their favorite race cars go fast."

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Theory of Wing Sections (Dover Books on Physics)
by I.H. Abbott and A.E. von Doenhoff

"An indispensable reference for anyone interested in going faster below the speed of sound!" Art Smith on the Sports Racer forum.

" I keep [a copy of] Abbott and Von Doenhoff on my desk." George Bugg on the Sports Racer forum.

purchase book at Amazon Computational Fluid Dynamics
T. J. Chung
"Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) techniques are used to study and solve complex fluid flow and heat transfer problems. This comprehensive text ranges from elementary concepts for the beginner to state-of-the-art CFD for the practitioner. It discusses and illustrates the basic principles of finite difference (FD), finite element (FE), and finite volume (FV) methods, with step-by-step hand calculations. Chapters go on to examine structured and unstructured grids, adaptive methods, computing techniques, and parallel processing. Finally, the author describes a variety of practical applications to problems in turbulence, reacting flows and combustion, acoustics, combined mode radiative heat transfer, multiphase flows, electromagnetic fields, and relativistic astrophysical flows."

purchase book at Amazon An Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics
by H. Versteeg and W. Malalasekra

purchase book at Amazon Computational Fluid Dynamics
by John D. Anderson
"This pioneering text provides an excellent introduction to CFD at the senior level in aerospace and mechanical engineering, and to some extent, chemical and civil engineering. It can also serve as a one-semester introductory course at the beginning graduate level, as a useful precursor to a more serious study of CFD in advanced books. It is presented in a very readable, informal, enjoyable style."

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by Hermann Schlichting, Klaus Gersten, Egon Krause, Katherine Mayes, Herbert, and Jr. Oertel
"A new edition of the almost legendary textbook by Schilchting completely revised by Klaus Gersten is now available. This book presents a comprehensive overview of boundary-layer theory and its application to all areas of fluid mechhanics, with emphasis on the flow past bodies (e.g. aircraft aerodynamics). It contains the latest knowledge of the subject based on a thorough review of the literature over the past 15 years. Yet again, it will be an indispensable source of inexhaustible information for students of fluid mechanics and engineers alike."

purchase book at Amazon Aerodynamics of Wings and Bodies (Dover Books on Engineering)
by Holt Ashley and Marten Landahl


Revised: August 02, 2006.

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