This introductory 2005 text on air-breathing jet propulsion focuses on the basic operating principles of jet engines and gas turbines. Previous coursework in fluid mechanics and thermodynamics is elucidated and applied to help the student understand and predict the characteristics of engine components and various types of engines and power gas turbines. Numerous examples help the reader appreciate the methods and differing, representative physical parameters. A capstone chapter integrates the text material into a portion of the book devoted to system matching and analysis so that engine performance can be predicted for both on- and off-design conditions. The book is designed for advanced undergraduate and first-year graduate students in aerospace and mechanical engineering. A basic understanding of fluid dynamics and thermodynamics is presumed. Although aircraft propulsion is the focus, the material can also be used to study ground- and marine-based gas turbines and turbomachinery and some advanced topics in compressors and turbines.
Ronald D. Flack joined the faculty of the University of Virginia's School of Engineering and Applied Science in the mechanical and aerospace engineering department in 1976. He has authored more than 100 journal publications and more than 175 reports and papers. He has served as the chair of MAE and as director of the Rotating Machinery and Controls Industrial Research Program (ROMAC). Dr Flack has been chair of the ASME IGTI Education Committee and chair of the ASME regional committee of ME department heads, and he is an ASME Fellow. His research interests include experimental internal flows in turbomachines and fluid film bearings, leading to the extended life of turbomachines by reducing forces and vibrations and improved hydraulic efficiency of turbomachines.
Part I. Cycle Analysis: 1. Introduction; 2. Ideal cycle analysis; 3. Non-ideal cycle analysis; Part II. Component Analysis: 4. Diffusers; 5. Nozzles; 6. Axial flow compressors and fans; 7. Centrifugal compressors; 8. Axial flow turbines; 9. Combustors and afterburners; 10. Ducts and mixers; Part III. System Matching and Analysis: 11. Matching of gas turbine components; Appendix A. Standard atmosphere table; Appendix B. Isentropic flow tables; Appendix C. Fanno line flow tables; Appendix D. Rayleigh line flow tables; Appendix E. Normal shock tables; Appendix F. Common conversions; Appendix G. Notes on iteration methods; Appendix H. One dimensional compressible flow; Appendix I. Turbomachinery fundamentals; References; Answers to selected problems; Key words.