Airframe Structural Design: Practical Design Information and Data on Aircraft Structures
This book represents several decades of data collection, research, conversations with different airframe specialists, plus the author's more than twenty years' experience in airframe structural design. From structural standpoint, the book is intended to be used as a tool to help achieve structural integrity according to government regulations, specifications, criteria, etc., for designing commercial or military transports, military fighters, as well as general aviation aircraft. It can be considered as a troubleshooting guide for airline structural maintenance and repair engineers or as a supplementary handbook in teaching aircraft structural design in college. This book is divided into a total of sixteen chapter and emphasizes itemized write-ups, tables, graphs and illustrations to lead directly to points of interest. The data can be used for designing and sizing airframe structures and, wherever needed, example calculations are presented for clarification.
Fire the proof editor!
By "ruok101" - September 5, 2001
The first edition has so many errors, typo and otherwise, that I believe the author and his publishers rushed without proper proofreading just to get it printed and out the door so they could start selling it. The content is very much the same as Niu's other book, Airframe Structural Design, except the chapter arrangements. Nevertheless, the worked-out problems are very helpful and practical and make this book valuable.
Niu, Airframe Structural Design, 2nd Ed. - Review
By James A. Dugelby - August 15, 2006
Micahael Niu has filled a void that has existed since E.F. Bruhn last published his book thirty years ago. I recommend all of Niu's books, and this one is no exception. It is full of design details and recommendations that are difficult if not impossible to obtain without extensive experience in many companies. It is a book to be studied, however, not simply glanced at. The practicing designer should do well to periodically re-visit this book before undertaking a new assignment.
Unlike his other books on stress analysis, this is a design reference only, with few examples of calculations that provide further insight into the reasons for the design recommendations provided. It is thus a complementary book, and a good addition to any aircraft reference library.
A decent reference book on Airframe Structures
By Maxwell George - January 27, 2007
I think Mr. Niu's textbook provides a good discussion on the basic and fundamental knowledge required by the Structures engineer. It should be particularly helpful for the engineer new to the field. I did come across a few errors, but I have not noticed the myriad of errata that was rumoured. The text does not contain the depth of discussion on Structures/stress analysis that I wanted, like the industry-standard Bruhn, however the figures, charts, examples, and pictures are much clearer, and henceforth put things into perspective much better. This text, combined with Bruhn, gives me the reference material I need to perform my stress analysis tasks.
These proceedings cover the fields of different materials and fatigue of welded joints, thin-walled structures, tubular structures, frames, plates and shells and also incorporate special optimization ...