Aerospace Engineering: Tips for searching


When searching for aerospace information it's useful to remember that the UK and America are key players in the industry. If you aren't finding a lot of information, maybe changing the terminology a bit would help you.

Key terms Try also these terms
Aeroplane Aircraft, Fixed-wing aircraft
Autonomous aircraft Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, UAV, Drones
Aerodynamics Airflow
Helicopters Rotary wing aircraft
VTOL Vertical Take-Off and Landing
High-speed Hypersonic (for aircraft travelling higher than Mach 5), Supersonic (for aircraft travelling at Mach 1-5) 
Air friction Drag

Where to look

  • If you are not sure where to start - try the Library search.  This searches all the Brunel Library databases as well as the library catalogue in one search interface.  You may be surprised at the sources where you find useful information!
  • For the latest research, and to find out about current research topics, looking at journal articles and conference papers can be a good start.
  • For introductions to a topic, and for background reading, try starting with the book stock, both print and e-books.
  • Technical reports are useful for detailed results of experiments engineers/scientists have done when testing new techniques or equipment. 
  • For information on processes or materials specifications - try the standard literature