Aircraft Structures for engineering students

The objective of this Aeronautical Engineer’s Data book is to provide a concise and useful source of up-to-date information for the student or practising aeronautical engineer.

Despite the proliferation of specialized information sources, there is still a need for basic

data on established engineering rules, conversions, modern aircraft and engines to be available in an easily assimilated format. An aeronautical engineer cannot afford to

ignore the importance of engineering data  and rules. Basic theoretical principles underlie the design of all the hardware of aeronautics. The practical processes of fluid mechanics, aircraft  design, material choice, and basic engineering design form the foundation of the subject. Technical standards, directives and regulations are also important – they represent accumulated knowledge and form invaluable guidelines for the industry.

The purpose of the book is to provide a basic set of technical data that you will find

useful. It is divided into 13 sections, each containing specific ‘discipline’ information.

Units and conversions are covered in Section 2; a mixture of metric and imperial units are

still in use in the aeronautical industry. Information on FAA regulations is summarized in

Section 1 – these develop rapidly and affect us all. The book contains cross-references to

other standards systems and data sources. You will find these essential if you need to find

more detailed information on a particular subject. There is always a limit to the amount of information that you can carry with you the secret is knowing where to look for the


More and more engineering information is now available in electronic form and many

engineering students now use the Internet as their first source of reference information for

technical information. This new Aeronautical Engineer’s Data Book contains details of a

wide range of engineering-related websites, including general ‘gateway’ sites such as the

Edinburgh Engineering Virtual Library (EEVL) which contains links to tens of thousands of others containing technical information, product/company data and aeronautical-

related technical journals and newsgroups.

You will find various pages in the book contain ‘quick guidelines’ and ‘rules of thumb’.

Don’t expect these all to have robust theoretical backing – they are included simply

because I have found that they work. I have tried to make this book a practical source of

aeronautics-related technical information that you can use in the day-to-day activities of an aeronautical career.

Finally, it is important that the content of this data book continues to reflect the information that is needed and used by student and experienced engineers. If you have any suggestions for future content (or indeed observations or comment on the existing content)

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