Aerospace Propulsion Systems


Aerospace Propulsion Systems

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Engineering and Computer Science



Aerospace Propulsion Systems is a unique book focusing on each type of propulsion system commonly used in aerospace vehicles today: rockets, piston aero engines, gas turbine engines, ramjets, and scramjets. Dr. Thomas A. Ward introduces each system in detail, imparting an understanding of basic engineering principles, describing key functionality mechanisms used in past and modern designs, and provides guidelines for student design projects. With a balance of theory, fundamental performance analysis, and design, the book is specifically targeted to students or professionals who are new to the field and is arranged in an intuitive, systematic format to enhance learning.

  • Covers all engine types, including piston aero engines
  • Design principles presented in historical order for progressive understanding
  • Focuses on major elements to avoid overwhelming or confusing readers
  • Presents example systems from the US, the UK, Germany, Russia, Europe, China, Japan, and India
  • Richly illustrated with detailed photographs
  • Cartoon panels present the subject in an interesting, easy-to-understand way
  • Contains carefully constructed problems (with a solution manual available to the educator)
  • Lecture slides and additional problem sets for instructor use

Advanced undergraduate students, graduate students and engineering professionals new to the area of propulsion will find Aerospace Propulsion Systems a highly accessible guide to grasping the key essentials. Field experts will also find that the book is a very useful resource for explaining propulsion issues or technology to engineers, technicians, businessmen, or policy makers. Post-graduates involved in multi-disciplinary research or anybody interested in learning more about spacecraft, aircraft, or engineering would find this book to be a helpful reference.



Publication Date





Hoboken, NJ


Aerospace Engineering | Engineering

About the Author

Dr. Ward begin working at Cedarville University in 2018. He previously worked for 13 years as an Associate Professor in Malaysia at Heriot-Watt University, the University of Malaya, and the Universiti Teknologi MARA. At Heriot-Watt University, he also served as an elected Senator, the Associate Dean (Engineering and Science), and the Associate Director of Research (for the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences). He published an international text book titled Aerospace Propulsion Systems with John Wiley and Sons, Inc. in 2010. He has also led research as principal investigator on biomimetic micro air vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell propulsion systems for both unmanned aircraft and small ground vehicles. Other research areas of interest are: endothermic jet fuels and renewable energy sources. He has published numerous indexed journal and conference papers on these topics. Prior to becoming a university professor, Dr. Ward worked for 18 years as an aerospace engineer (civilian) with the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. While with the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Ward was selected to serve for nearly five years as an integrated exchange engineer (serving in London, England) with the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence.

Aerospace Propulsion Systems