Aerospace Engineering

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Reading Lists for your module

To find good quality academic reading relevant to your lectures and assignments search for the online reading list. All lists link directly to ebooks and articles in ejournals.These lists can also be accessed via SurreyLearn.

Information sources for your subject

Discover key databases, and other sources of information, relevant to your subject. Use these sources to find good quality, academic information to use as evidence in your assignments.

Key databases for Aeronautical Engineering are Aerospace and high technology database, Scopus, Inspec, ESDU (Engineering Sciences Data Unit) and IEEE.

Referencing Guides

Literature Searching Guide

Journals and eJournals (electronic journals)

Journals and ejournal are available in print or online and are published frequently, i.e. monthly, quarterly, journals can be peer reviewed: read by other experts in the field prior to publication.

To help you find journal articles and journals use our SurreySearch facility that will enable you to search a wide range of University of Surrey Library content all in one place.

eBooks (electronic books)

eBooks allow you to access textbooks online either in subject areas or larger collections.  Useful collections for Aeronautical Engineering textbooks are ENGnetBASE, Safari Books online, Ebrary and Knovel.  There are also links to title on SurreySearch to electronic versions of the text - look for the e-link.

AERADE is a collection of quality aerospace and defence resources.  Search or browse by subject area and a description is available to evaluate the resource.

Additional Resources


Newspapers are available on line using the Nexis database. A digital edition of The Times (London) from 1785-1985 is also available 

Exam papers 

Previous exam papers provided by your department are available here [Link] and can help you prepare for your own exams when used as part of the revision process.  You can search for the past papers you need by name or by module code.  If you have any questions or can’t find the paper you require, your department may be able to help you.

Remember that these past papers give an idea of the style and structure used in your examinations.  Along with guidance from your department, they can also indicate the level of detail required in the answers.

In your actual exam, you may be asked about other areas of the course from those featured in the past papers; sometimes different questions about the same area.

Whether you are practising or taking a real exam, be sure to read the questions and the instructions carefully.  Make sure you are clear about what you are being asked to do and then plan your answer before writing it.  Time taken to do this at the start will help make sure you provide a thorough answer and so should have a positive effect upon the outcome for you.

Web Links

Compressible aerodynamics calculator allows you to calculate the standard relations for the compressible flow of a perfect gas.  Three sets of relations are included - isentropic flow relations, normal hock relations and oblique shock relations.

Aviation terms glossary is a searchable list of aviation terms.

DoD dictionary of military terms includes acronyms and abbreviations.

Online Books

See how it flies: a new spin on the perceptions, procedures and principles of flight  is useful to pilots and anyone interested in how aeroplanes behave.

Gas turbine primer: an introduction to air breathing engines taken from chapter 1 of Mattingly's Elements of propulsion: gas turbines and rockets (2006).

Course Materials

MIT open courseware: aeronautics and astronautics provides a list of online courses from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which link to full text course materials such as lecture notes, projects, study materials and assignments.

Design centred introduction to aerospace engineering Produced by the Georgia Institute of Technology's School of Aerospace Engineering, this provides an introductory course plus a number of courses to related sub-disciplines.

E-Learning Materials & Digital Repositories

Basics of spaceflight A training module developed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory that you can work through at your own pace.

SRE electronic preprint delivery service  European Space Agency publications open access database containing over 1000 publications.

Cranfield CERES Cranfield University's digital repository contains journal pre-prints and peer reviewed journal reprints, full-text digital theses, book chapters, working papers and technical reports.

CERN articles and preprints Articles, preprints, theses and reports from CERN.

OpenDOAR offers access to institutional repositories worldwide.

Technical Reports & Organisations

NASA technical reports server searches NASA and NACA technical reports and allows you to view the full text of many of them.

Defense technical information center search its technical reports collection and allows you to view the full text of many of them.

ADS is the UK's trade organisation for the UK Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space industries.

Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) is a multidisciplinary professional institution dedicated to the global aerospace community.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for US data on airports and traffic, statistics, licences and certificates, regulations and policy and safety.

FAST Museum collection archive of equipment, machinery, photographs, films, reports and books and is continuously being recorded and updated and recognised by world-class institutions, such as The Royal Aeronautical Society, The Science Museum and The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Governmental & Regulatory

UK Ministry of Defence News, analysis and official publications from the MoD and UK armed services.

Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is part of the Department for Transport and is responsible for the investigation of civil aircraft accidents and serious incidents within the UK. Access the full text of formal reports, bulletins, progress reports and foreign reports.

NASA NASA's mission is to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research. This is a huge site documenting NASA's activities.

European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) develops common safety and environmental rules at the European level.

Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is the UK's specialist aviation regulator.

Social Media

BlogAERADE Aerospace and defence news blog.

NASA blogs NASA's blogs collected together in one place.

Defence Headquarters YouTube channel UK MoD and armed forces video clips

Defence image database UK Ministry of Defence online image database.

NASA podcasts The homepage of NASA's audio and video podcasts.

Reference books

Engineering Tables and Data 62.01/HOW
Kaye & Laby's Tables of Physical and Chemical Constants 53.081/KAY
Kempe's engineer's year-book 62/KEM
Handbook of Aeronautics 629.13/ROY

Theses and Dissertations 

Copies of University Masters Dissertations at distinction level are located on Level 2 of the Library. Online access to some Masters dissertation is available via the Digital Dissertations database.

Theses for higher degrees are available on request from the Library store. Online access to a numbers of theses written to support degrees gained at University of Surrey can be accessed via the SRI Surrey Research Insight Open Access repository.

Accessing other libraries 

You can also search other library catalogues as part of your research such as COPAC (over 80 merges catalogues from UK and Irish Universities and special collections) and the British Library. Subject related library catalogues include Institute of Engineering and Technology: library and archives, IMechE (Institution of Mechanical Engineers) library catalogue, National Aerospace Library and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Inter Library loans 

Standards and Patents 


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