Useful Books for Aeronautical Engineers (and where to find them)

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#1

There are two generations of professionals in today’s aerospace and aviation industry:

  • The young who grew up using the internet, and
  • The old who grew up using books.

I admit I’m an oldster, and love my books, but I would not have gone as far without the internet, where we can share ideas and questions with others around the world!

A short booklist for aeronautic and aircraft engineering:

Structures:

  • Bruhn, Analysis & Design of Flight Vehicle Structures http://www.jacobspublishing.com
  • McCombs, A Supplement to Bruhn’s A&DFVS
  • Flabel, Practical Stress Analysis
  • Roark & Young, Formulas for Stress and Strain
  • Schijve, Fatigue of Structures

Aerodynamics:

  • Perkins & Hage, Airplane Performance, Stability, & Control
  • Abbott & Von Doenhoff, Theory of Wing Sections
  • Hoerner, Fluid Dynamic Drag, and Fluid Dynamic Lift https://hoernerfluiddynamics.com/
  • Anderson, Fundamentals Of Aerodynamics

Design and Loads:

  • Roskam, Design of Aircraft (series of 8 volumes)
  • Bingelis, Firewall Forward
  • Hiscocks, Design of Light Aircraft
  • Niu, Airframe Stress Analysis And Sizing
  • Niu, Airframe Structural Design
  • Lomax, Structural Loads Analysis

Engineering in general:

  • Marks’ Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineering
  • Machinery’s Handbook

A company named DARcorp has many rare books available (including some in this list). www.darcorp.com

When looking for reference books on aeronautical subjects, I have two main sources:

Everyone knows about Amazon. Alibris ties together an international network of libraries and independent bookstores that have used books to sell. I have purchased a dozen books from Alibris and every one has been in fantastic condition (keep an eye out for bargains). Abe is new to me and I’m exploring it now. Thanks for the suggestion Ussuri!

There are, though, certain texts in aeronautics that are both highly valuable, and very hard to find. Some have been independently published by their authors, therefore don’t show up through the regular search pathways. Bruhn and Hoerner are both extremely valuable and cheaper to get from the authors’ descendants & families.

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#2

More info on finding rare books here: https://www.eng-tips.com/faqs.cfm?fid=919

#3

Another website for finding books I use is:

I believe it has been taken over by Amazon but it is still and excellent source.

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#4

Thanks very much for the information.

Dik

#5

The list is looking pretty good for a very short list

I would add for Part 25 Airliner related stress analysis
Structural Loads Analysis for Commercial Aircraft: Theory and Practice by Lomax

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#6

Thanks for the info and welcome to the menagerie.

Dik

#7

I can’t agree more to the suggestion. I have Lomax’s book but not enough opportunities to use it… yet!