Copyright notice. Covers the basics of sailplane design, including aerodynamics and flight mechanics, operational and regulatory requirements, aerodynamic design optimization, wind tunnel and flight test procedures, and historical outlook. Appendix with extensive collection of detailed design data and 3-view drawings for over sailplanes, including both vintage gliders and modern sailplanes. Contents Basic Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics: Fluid dynamics and the sailplane - Airfoil and wing theory - Performance and handling qualities - Aeroelasticity Design Requirements: Certification requirements - JAR - Cross country theory - Thermal models and climb performance Sailplane Design Optimization: Basic considerations - Wing design - Variable geometry - Flying wings - The World Class - Fuselage and wing-fuselage transition - Empennage and controls Determination of Performance and Handling Characteristics: Theoretical methods - Experimental methods Trends in Sailplane Development: Sailplane class definitions - Early glider designs - Sailplane development to date - Outlook Appendices: Tabulated design data and three-view drawings - "Zacher" flight test protocol - German-English glossary of technical terms An errata sheet is available here.

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Overview Modern sailplanes are among the most beautiful and efficient aircraft ever built. The competitive demands of the sport of soaring have led to graceful, highly optimized sailplanes with glide ratios approaching From the beginning, much of the progress in sailplane design has been due to the work of the German Akafliegs. In its original German, it served as a textbook for an introductory course in sailplane design and a valuable reference for students in the Akafliegs.

This English edition has been expanded and updated to include many sailplanes and technical developments that have appeared since the latest German edition. However, this book is not only for the designer - it is also intended for sailplane pilots who wish to better understand the aircraft they fly.

The discussion is kept at an introductory level, with emphasis on visualization and understanding the physical relationships rather than mathematical detail. Experienced engineers will appreciate this text as well. The book contains an outstanding collection of detailed information on sailplane design, including discussions of sailplane airfoils, certification regulations and sailplane flight testing, an extensive bibliography, and an appendix with design data for over sailplanes.

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Such a glider should have outstanding straight line and thermaling performance, good handling qualities, and a comfortable cockpit. The pilot may also want an engine since outlanding a 28 to 31 meter span ship can often get very interesting as well as putting himself and his placing in the competition at risk. Unfortunately each of these criteria is normally compromised in the end when designing a sailplane for production or, to put it more directly, when the business side of the equation is considered. The market for a pure open class competition sailplane is relatively small for a number of reasons, starting with cost and ending with the effort associated with assembly and handling on the ground. Because of the limited market and the high cost of design and certification, a manufacturer must make compromises that limit the realized racing performance. One of the most significant compromises is to design a wing planform for a single place competition ship that can also be used for a two place sailplane.


Fundamentals of sailplane design

About this title This unique book by Prof. In its original German, it served as a textbook and valuable reference for students in the Akafliegs. This English edition has been expanded and updated to include many sailplanes and technical developments appearing since the latest German edition. The book emphasizes physical relationships rather than mathematical detail, making it suitable for beginning pilots and engineers alike.

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