David Gordon Wilson

David Gordon Wilson is Professor of Mechanical Engineering Emeritus at MIT. He is the author of Bicycling Science (MIT Press, third edition).

  • The Design of High-Efficiency Turbomachinery and Gas Turbines, Second Edition, With A New Preface

    The Design of High-Efficiency Turbomachinery and Gas Turbines, Second Edition, With A New Preface

    David Gordon Wilson and Theodosios Korakianitis

    The second edition of a comprehensive textbook that introduces turbomachinery and gas turbines through design methods and examples.

    This comprehensive textbook is unique in its design-focused approach to turbomachinery and gas turbines. It offers students and practicing engineers methods for configuring these machines to perform with the highest possible efficiency. Examples and problems are based on the actual design of turbomachinery and turbines.

    After an introductory chapter that outlines the goals of the book and provides definitions of terms and parts, the book offers a brief review of the basic principles of thermodynamics and efficiency definitions. The rest of the book is devoted to the analysis and design of real turbomachinery configurations and gas turbines, based on a consistent application of thermodynamic theory and a more empirical treatment of fluid dynamics that relies on the extensive use of design charts. Topics include turbine power cycles, diffusion and diffusers, the analysis and design of three-dimensional free-stream flow, and combustion systems and combustion calculations. The second edition updates every chapter, adding material on subjects that include flow correlations, energy transfer in turbomachines, and three-dimensional design. A solutions manual is available for instructors. This new MIT Press edition makes a popular text available again, with corrections and some updates, to a wide audience of students, professors, and professionals.

  • Bicycling Science, Third Edition

    Bicycling Science, Third Edition

    David Gordon Wilson

    A new, updated edition of a popular book on the history, science, and engineering of bicycles.

    The bicycle is almost unique among human-powered machines in that it uses human muscles in a near-optimum way. This new edition of the bible of bicycle builders and bicyclists provides just about everything you could want to know about the history of bicycles, how human beings propel them, what makes them go faster, and what keeps them from going even faster. The scientific and engineering information is of interest not only to designers and builders of bicycles and other human-powered vehicles but also to competitive cyclists, bicycle commuters, and recreational cyclists.

    The third edition begins with a brief history of bicycles and bicycling that demolishes many widespread myths. This edition includes information on recent experiments and achievements in human-powered transportation, including the "ultimate human- powered vehicle," in which a supine rider in a streamlined enclosure steers by looking at a television screen connected to a small camera in the nose, reaching speeds of around 80 miles per hour. It contains completely new chapters on aerodynamics, unusual human-powered machines for use on land and in water and air, human physiology, and the future of bicycling. This edition also provides updated information on rolling drag, transmission of power from rider to wheels, braking, heat management, steering and stability, power and speed, and materials. It contains many new illustrations.

    • Hardcover $55.00
    • Paperback $33.95
  • The Design of High-Efficiency Turbomachinery and Gas Turbines

    David Gordon Wilson

    This comprehensive text makes available to students and practicing engineers methods for the design of such machines with configurations that are close to the optimum possible for the duty specified.

    Solutions to present and future energy shortages will rely increasingly on improved designs of high-efficiency turbomachinery, from the steam and gas turbines in solar-energy "power-tower" systems to the promising gas-turbine engines made largely from nonmetallic ceramic and "carbon-carbon" materials. This comprehensive text makes available to students and practicing engineers methods for the design of such machines with configurations that are close to the optimum possible for the duty specified.

    An introductory chapter outlines aims, defines terms and turbomachinery parts, and compares the characteristics and power ranges of gas turbines with other kinds of engines. A review of the basic principles of thermodynamics and efficiency definitions is provided in the second chapter. The rest of the book deals with the analysis and design of actual turbomachinery configurations and gas turbines, based on a consistent' application of thermodynamic theory and a more empirical treatment of fluid mechanics, one that relies on the extensive use of design charts.

    The topics covered in the book's final eleven chapters are the thermodynamics of gas-turbine power cycles, diffusion and diffusers, energy transfer in turbomachines, the analysis and design of three-dimensional free-stream flow, the design and performance prediction of axial-flow turbines, the design and performance prediction of axialflow compressors and pumps, preliminary design methods for radial-flow turbomachines, convective heat transfer (including blade cooling and heat-exchanger design considerations), cavitation and two-phase flow in pumps, combustion systems and combustion calculations, and mechanical-design considerations (including vibration characteristics and material selection).

  • Bicycling Science, Second Edition

    David Gordon Wilson and Frank Rowland Whitt

    The second edition of Bicycling Science includes new information on recent achievements and experiments in human-powered transportation, from the "ultimate human-powered vehicle" (UHPV) in which supine riders can achieve speeds well over 60 mph, to human-powered aircraft, boats, and rail transportation. New chapters cover the history of bicycle and humanpower technology and science, and the speed-power relationships of various modes and vehicles including performance predictions for the UHPV and the "commuter human-powered vehicle." The chapters on braking, steering, friction, air drag, rider cooling, and transmissions and gearing have all been enlarged and updated. James McCullagh, editor of Bicycling Magazine has written a Foreword for this edition which also includes many new illustrations.

    • Hardcover $30.00
    • Paperback $25.95

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  • Bicycles and Tricycles

    An Elementary Treatise on Their Design and Construction

    Archibald Sharp

    Foreword by David Gordon Wilson Published in 1896, Bicycles and Tricycles was the first serious, scientifically based study of the bicycle. It begins with a general exposition of mechanical principles: dynamic, static, and straining forces. It then covers successive experiments at bicycle and tricycle design, including several "mechanical monstrosities." With the aid of elegant, sometimes humorous drawings, the book examines various designs for their relative stability, steering advantages, gearing and resistance properties. The final selection discusses the design of individual components in detail, including the frame (from the point of view of stress analysis); wheels; bearings; chains and chain gearing; toothed-wheel gearing; the lever-and-crank gear; tires; pedals, cranks and bottom brackets; springs and saddles; and brakes.A definitive work in its own time, Bicycles and Tricycles is a collector's item for history-lovers as well as bicycle-enthusiasts—a treat for tinkerers and all those interested in the history of invention.

    • Hardcover $12.50
    • Paperback $16.95