Skip to main content

Foundations of Aerodynamics: Bases of Aerodynamic Design, 5th Edition

Foundations of Aerodynamics: Bases of Aerodynamic Design, 5th Edition

Arnold M. Kuethe, Chuen-Yen Chow

ISBN: 978-0-471-12919-6 December 1997 592 Pages


In Stock



Like previous editions, this text has retained it's excellent coverage of basic concepts and broad coverage of the major aspects of aerodynamics. Numerical techniques are described for computing invicid incompressible flow about airfoils and finite wings. Plus, the design of devices and aircraft components that were constructed from theoretical considerations are shown so readers can see the realistic applications of mathematical analyses.
The Fluid Medium.

Kinematics of a Flow Field.

Dynamics of Flow Fields.

Irrotational Incompressible Flow About Two-Dimensional Bodies.

Aerodynamic Characteristics of Airfoils.

The Finite Wing.

Introduction to Compressible Fluids.

Energy Relations.

Some Applications of One-Dimensional Compressible Flow.


Linearized Compressible Flow.

Airfoils in Compressible Flows.

Wings and Wing-Body Combinations in Compressible Flow.

The Dynamics of Viscous Fluids.

Incompressible Laminar Flow in Tubes and Boundary Layers.

Laminar Boundary Layers in Compressible Flow.

Flow Instabilities and Transition from Laminar to Turbulent Flow.

Turbulent Flows.

Airfoil Design, Multiple Surfaces, Vortex Lift, Secondary Flows, Viscous Effects.



Oblique Shock Chart.


  • Vector manipulations are used more often.
  • Applications of Bernoulli's equation are delayeduntil various forms of Bernoull's equation have been obtained.
  • Simplified derivations throughout the text.
  • Updated fortran listings in the computer programs.
  • Navier-Stokes equations and cylindrical coordinates in Appendix B.
  • Illustrative examples and problems of practical interest such as the supersonic wind tunnel in Ch. 9.