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"Scientists discover the world that exists;
Engineers 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 enjoy your visit. Send comments to jack@aircraftenginedesign.com. Updated October 17, 2014.

Jet Engine
Co-Inventor
Hans von Ohain

 

 

Gas Turbine Engine Pictures
75 engines

Military and Commercial

Jet Engine
Co-Inventor
Sir Frank Whittle

 

 

Gas Turbine Engine Data

1. Some Military Gas Turbine Engines
2. Some Military Turbofan Engines
3. Some Civil Gas Turbine Engines
4. Temperature/Pressure Data for Some Engines

Historical Sites

National Air and
Space Museum


US Air Force
Museum


 

 

 

Engine Design Reference Library



Educational materials I have developed.
Winner of 2005 AIAA Summerfield Book Award

Aircraft Engine Design, Second Edition

by Jack D. Mattingly,
William H. Heiser, and
David T. Pratt

Published Nov 2002 by AIAA
with AEDsys software
suite
included.



Elements of Propulsion: Gas Turbines and Rockets

by Jack D. Mattingly
Historical Foreword by
Hans von Ohain

German Inventor of
the Jet Engine


Published August 2006 by AIAA with new windows software included

Preliminary Design
Computer Programs





AEDsys, AFPROP,
COMPR, ECAP, EOPP,
INLET, NOZZLE,
ONX, OFFX, PARA,
PERF, TURBN



Many are new



Global Range Airlifter by student in Aircraft Engine Systems Design course at Tinker AFB, OK, April-May 2000

Historical Quote

"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 weight requirements."

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.