"Scientists discover the world that exists;
create the world that never was."
Theodore von Karman
Welcome. This web site is dedicated to education about
gas turbine propulsion and aircraft engine design. I hope you
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Updated October 17, 2014.
Educational materials I have developed.
Winner of 2005 AIAA Summerfield Book Award
Aircraft Engine Design, Second Edition
H. Heiser, and
David T. Pratt
Published Nov 2002 by AIAA
with AEDsys software
Elements of Propulsion: Gas Turbines and Rockets
Historical Foreword by
Hans von Ohain
German Inventor of
the Jet Engine
Published August 2006 by AIAA with new windows software included
COMPR, ECAP, EOPP,
ONX, OFFX, PARA,
Many are new
Global Range Airlifter by student in Aircraft Engine Systems Design course
at Tinker AFB, OK, April-May 2000
"Even considering the improvements possible ... the gas
turbine [engine] could hardly be considered a feasible application
to airplanes mainly because of the difficulty with the stringent
This historical quotation is from a report by the Gas Turbine
Committee of the U. S. National Academy of Sciences. It was written
by a prestigious panel of scientist, including Dr. Theodore von
Karman, in 1940.