The development of jet and turbine aero engines
The Development of Jet and Turbine Aero Engines by Bill Gunston
This is the fourth edition of Bill Gunstons definitive book on jet and turbine aero engines – the power behind a broad spectrum of aircraft, from the largest, heaviest transport aircraft to the highest-flying reconnaissance aeroplanes and the fastest, most agile fighters.
It includes details of Boeings 787 and Rolls-Royces Trent 1000 power plants. The author also covers the pressure-jet tip-mounted combustion chambers for helicopters.
Using language which will be easily accessible to non-engineers, the author explains the differences between gas-turbine, jet, rocket, ramjet and helicopter turboshaft aero engines. He traces their histories from the early days through to todays complex and powerful units, as used in the latest wide-bodied airliners and high performance military jets.
ISBN 13: 9781852604639
As the title suggests, The Development of Jet and Turbine Aero Engines offers a historical look at turbine and other jet-type engines such as rocket, pulsejet, and ramjet. The primary focus, however, is on gas turbines, including turbojet, turbofan, turboshaft, and turboprop types. As in author Bill Gunston's similar book on reciprocating engines, The Development of Piston Aero Engines, this book is divided into two parts. The first "How Gas Turbines Work" describes operating principles, function and configuration of major components, and materials used in construction. The second "The Historical Story" starts with the pioneers long before Frank Whittle and Hans von Ohain, by the way and characterizes the development of all jet and turbine engines up to the present with update chapters for each edition. Though technical, part 1 is not as dense as a textbook.
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From the dawn of the present century a number of inventors proposed various methods of jet propulsion. However, it was not until Frank White, a young RAF pilot, persisted with next to no official support and little money that a practical jet engine was produced during the s. Even then, it was not put into operational use until near the end of the Second World War. Meanwhile a rival development team had been set up in Germany, with all the resources of a large and prosperous aircraft company. The struggles, successes and failures of these early developments make a fascinating story. The differences between gas-turbine, jet, rocket, ramjet and helicopter turboshaft engines are fully explained here, and their history is traced from pioneering days through to today's highly complex and powerful units, as used in the latest wide-bodied airliners and high-performance military aircraft. The purpose of the various components of gas-turbine and jet engines, and how they work, is described in language understandable to those without an engineering background, avoiding complex mathematical formulae.
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