Sobieczky, H., (Ed.): New Design Concepts for High Speed Air Transport. CISM Courses and Lectures Vol. 366. Wien, New York: Springer, ISBN 3-211-82815-X (1997)

About this book: Future civil air transport requirements present challenging research problems. Those most challenging derive from the need for a successor to the Concorde. This book presents the prospects for supersonic transport aircraft and delineates the technological challenges to arriving at an economically viable aircraft under environmental constraints. The book describes the tools required for the design and optimization of such aircraft, touching upon aerodynamics, structures and thermal loads. Applications of these new technologies to both conventional configurations comprising the present knowledge base as well as novel ones are provided. The latter are shown to proffer strong advantages, but they also pose severe technological challenges before such designs could be certified as new aircraft. The book offers an excellent compilation of high speed air transport research topics and should be a stimulating guide for students in the aerospace engineering and related sciences.

The book consists of 20 chapters written by 5 coauthors.

Some details about the authors and their contributions:

George Dulikravich is an expert in inverse design and optimization in the engineering sciences. He provided 6 chapters on aerodynamic, thermal and structural inverse design and optimization with mainly but not solely applications to aerospace problems.

Josef Mertens , at the time of compiling this book a senior engineer and project leader at German Airbus. His contributions are devoted to the technology needed for practical design work in aircraft industry: 5 chapters deal with analyzing the Concorde SST, requirements for new aircraft design, optimization and certification, and prospects for applying laminar flow technology to supersonic aircraft.

Richard Seebass, the late pioneer in SST aerodynamic and aeroacoustic research, contributed two chapters on the commercial prospects of new generation supersonic transport aircraft and aerodynamic aspects of the innovative Oblique Flying Wing airplane.

Helmut Sobieczky coauthored this book with 3 chapters on the gasdynamic modelling of transonic and supersonic flows, the concept of inverse design of flows with shock waves and geometry tools for preprocessing of CAD, CFD and optimization software.

Alexander van der Velden has experience in aerospace research and aircraft industry, his 4 chapters deal with aircraft economy for design trade-offs, with supersonic aircraft design and optimization strategies for conventional and Oblique Flying Wing configurations.