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Aerospace Engineering on the Back of an Envelope

Authors: Alber, Irwin E.

  • Shows how to very quickly estimate solutions for complex problems Puts the focus on real world problems
  • Includes many examples of actual problems like the Space Shuttle and the Hubble Telescope
  • Useful as a basic resource tool and set of skill for practitioners and students
  • Assists in developing quick tests of new design concepts
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About this book

Engineers need to acquire “Back-of-the-Envelope” survival skills to obtain rough quantitative answers to real-world problems, particularly when working on projects with enormous complexity and very limited resources. In the case studies treated in this book, we show step-by-step examples of the physical arguments and the resulting calculations obtained using the quick-fire method. We also demonstrate the estimation improvements that can be obtained through the use of more detailed physics-based Back-of-the-Envelope engineering models. These different methods are used to obtain the solutions to a number of design and performance estimation problems arising from two of the most complex real-world engineering projects: the Space Shuttle and the Hubble Space Telescope satellite.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Alber, Irwin E.

    Pages 1-39

  • Design of a high school science-fair electro-mechanical robot

    Alber, Irwin E.

    Pages 41-75

  • Estimating Shuttle launch, orbit, and payload magnitudes

    Alber, Irwin E.

    Pages 77-168

  • Columbia Shuttle accident analysis with Back-of-the-Envelope methods

    Alber, Irwin E.

    Pages 169-220

  • Estimating the Orbiter reentry trajectory and the associated peak heating rates

    Alber, Irwin E.

    Pages 221-276

Buy this book

eBook $159.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-642-22537-6
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  • Included format: PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $209.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-642-22536-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $209.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-642-43871-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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  • Rental duration: 1 or 6 month
  • low-cost access
  • online reader with highlighting and note-making option
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Aerospace Engineering on the Back of an Envelope
Authors
Series Title
Springer Praxis Books
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-22537-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-22537-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-22536-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-43871-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 326
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