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  1. Aug 13, 2008 #1
    I would really appreciate it if somone could split the ME and AE forums into two separate entities. I noticed there are a hell of a lot of posts for ME and scattered here and there are some Aerospace related threads. It's *really* a pain in the backside to have to constantly sift through thread after thread hoping to find an aero topic.

    I dont know how much work it would take to move things over, but I'm willing to do it myself (move all Aero threads into a dedicated Aero Sub-forum and smilar for Mechanical).

    As it stands right now, its just a freakin mess and the problem is inherent to the fact that there are two topics of engineering in one place. So unless there are two separate sections, this will never go away.

    Every other area of engineering has its own thread, but for some reason these two are merged into one.
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  3. Aug 13, 2008 #2


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    Aero is pretty specialized and historically taken as a subset of mechanical anyway. I see two practical problems though:

    1. I'm not sure we have enough volume for a purely aero forum.
    2. Due to the overlap, it would be tough to decide which forum to put many threads in.
  4. Aug 13, 2008 #3
    This list of Aero threads are just from the first three pages in that forum. I think there is enough to move over.

    Would this design work? (rocket)
    Lift !!! (airplanes)
    Question on Aerofoil and winglets profile
    Landing Gear reliability testing.
    lifting line theory...numeric estimation
    Gyroscopes for direct stabilization of aircraft
    sea plane with tail prop
    propeller vs. rotor
    Shorter Stopping Distance for ultralight vehicles?
    aerospace/mechanical engineer/engineering student help wanted
    Super-Birds? Vs Jet-engines
    need ideas for school aero project please
    Manned Mars mission in 2019?
    Homemade Helicopter: For the People
    How to build a simple wind tunnel force balance?
    New Kind of Rocket Booster
    autogyro plans
    New Ideas for shelding:manned deep space Missions

    I really dont see *too* much overlap between these two areas. If its a fluids question that does not relate to an aircraft system, its a mechanical topic.

    Im not sure about others, but I dont bother looking at that part of the forums because I simply dont want to sift through the convolution of topics hoping to find something, and I'd speculate that people who come across PF and see this mix-up of topics arent going to want to post in there either. At least I feel it turns people away from posting - it does that for me.
  5. Aug 14, 2008 #4
    Ok, maybe you guys are not really getting my drift.

    Do a google on "Aerospace Forums" and see the results. The result is PF, and one or two other CRAPY forums. Its to the point where guys are posting aerospace stuff in model airplane forums.

    PF could potentially attract a large number of aerospace engineers, and students if it had a strong dedicated Aerospace Section. There really is next to nothing out there on the net. If I were searching for an aero forum on google, I would invariably arrive at PF (do the google yourself, you WILL come across PF as one of the first results), I wouldnt spend more than five mins before I left for another site because its such a grab bag of stuff. You could bring in a lot of people...

    Would it take up more resources to do this?
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    Start by becoming a contributor - again. :biggrin:
  7. Aug 14, 2008 #6
    :rofl: Only because I fear you have the super-human strength to pick me up by my ankles and shake me until all the change falls out of my pockets! (This will be my 3rd time BTW)
  8. Aug 15, 2008 #7
    I would love to see a dedicated aerospace engineering section. The easy solution is to move the current ME/Aero forum into its own archive so we don't have to retroactively move hundreds of threads to a new forum. Then we can decide on a standard with which to identify a thread as Aero or ME (i.e. if fluids are mentioned). Maybe as a rule of thumb, if a thread is started in ME but is clearly an Aero topic, it should be moved, but not vice versa?
  9. Aug 15, 2008 #8


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    One option could be (if the need exists) to make Aero be a subforum under Mech & Aero. That way, Greg won't be upset about having to change the number of forums on the main page.
  10. Aug 15, 2008 #9
    I agree with Cyrus in his plight. Gokul's suggestion seems like a viable solution.

    Just my $0.02
  11. Aug 16, 2008 #10
    That's fine by me so long as the posts are not mixed together.
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  13. Aug 16, 2008 #12
    You sir, are the man.
  14. Aug 16, 2008 #13
    I am willing to move over all the threads that are clearly aerospace that are in the ME forum right now if you want me to.

    Or I can 'report' all the ones I find if that's easier too. Then you just have to move all the reported threads.
  15. Aug 16, 2008 #14
    Just PM the links
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    Just saw this - I'll getting the ones on the first few pages.
  17. Aug 16, 2008 #16
    I'm working my way through from the very first page:

    Pages 57-58 Thread titles:
    For you professionals out there
    Spacecraft Engineering
    Aerospace engineers
    Thrust and power question
    aerodynamics question
    Aerodynamics: Wing Pitching Moment
    Rocket engines
    Questions for aerospace engineers
    Aero Question
    End of Commercial SuperSonic Flight
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    Wow, that's dedication! I'll move these for you [Edit: done]. For the record, the page numbers you see are different from the page numbers the mentors see (we have deleted threads interspersed throughout).
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  19. Aug 16, 2008 #18
    Pg: 55-56

    Critical Velocity???
    Derigible Lift Capacity
    Conseption for Winged Luner Craft
    noise reduction in a jet engine
    Quiet Jet Engines
    NASA's X-43A Proves Hypersonic Scramjet Flight
    Rebirth of the Hypersoar Program
    Specific Impulse
    Feasability of an Ion Engine For Manned Missions?
    DARPA's "Morph"
    Spanwise Lift force distribution?
    Rocket trust and sound barrier breaktrough
    Turbine Limit
    Course regulation of a rocket set for outer-space
    Moon/Mars - just go !
    What are everyones thoughts on UAVs?
    F-22 and MiG 1.42
    Forward Throw from Aircraft ?
    lift of wings
    Aerodynamic Controll Surface Design
    Autonomous satilite
    Magneto Hydrodynamic Propulsion for hypersonic aircraft?
    Inflatable spaceship set for test flight
    Aeronautical and astronautical Engineering
    Shuttle Manual
    Active/Passive noise control
    eStatic Field on Aeroplane Wings
    Potential flow around an airfoil
    Falling from an aircraft....effects???
    Is hovering helicopter torque ever exactly = 0 ?
    J-57 Turbojet
    Good Aerodynamics websites for Beginners
    Aerospace Engineering
    Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics

    Edit: Threads moved - cristo
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 17, 2008
  20. Aug 16, 2008 #19
    (maybe now that im posting the list's its a bit more clear as to why I was saying it was a big jumbled up mess of two topics)
  21. Aug 16, 2008 #20
    pg: 49-54

    Xpress Aerospace
    Where is that paper?
    Airfoil moment performance details
    Shuttle's Main Engines
    I want to be an aerospace engineer
    Final speed of rocket in space
    A collateral question about rockets
    Black Sky: Space Ship One documentary on Science Channel
    Is Burt Rutan the Cray of aeronautics?
    Breaking sound barrier
    Inverted flying
    Remote controlled aircraft: Biplane efficiency
    Jet Engines
    Resistence of wings on commercial airliners
    A traveling-wave engine to power deep space travel
    Physics of scramjet engines.
    power failure on helicopter
    Golden coloured paper in Satellites
    Satellite guided airship
    harder than any other
    Nano Flight
    Mach 10
    Modeling a Saturn V launch
    How Helicopter works...
    The world's largest aircraft
    Shame on NASA
    Disaster relief blimps: case made
    Need an advise please
    Help I need to clear the runway!!
    Are practical aircrafts dependent on carbon-based fuels?
    Clearing The Runway Revisited
    Aircraft system HELP
    A question on thrust
    automatic flight control
    Jet Propulsion Books
    Airport Abberation...
    aerospace people get in here quick, i need help w/ a question.
    Acceleration for take-off
    LEM gear
    Celebrating a Century of Flight
    Some Satellite Questions..
    Russ or U.S ?
    Dog fight
    Need advice from mech/aero space engineers
    What made an Airbus rudder snap in mid-air?
    Becoming a Pilot - what do you need?
    Heavy lauch/lift vehicles
    Russian Plane
    Why Harrier didn't success?
    airfield way
    for NASA
    Rocket models
    The probability of working for NASA
    aviation forum

    Edit: Moved - cristo
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  22. Aug 16, 2008 #21
    pg: 40-48

    Aspiring Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineer
    advice on rockets
    Thrust vs. Pressure Altitude
    Hydraulics for Landing Assemblies?
    SR-71 Blackbird - Supersonic Aircraft
    Toughest material for space ships
    Physics of Turbofan operation
    Model Rocket Basic Guidance
    pumping air over wing??
    taking off an helicopter
    Book for introduction in aerodynamics
    Thrust from Propellers
    Help finding a Mentor in Aerospace Engineering
    model rocket propulsion
    Jet engine intakes
    Thrust Vectoring
    A380 Has First Flight
    Coanda or Bernouli, which describes lift?
    Airbus strikes Boeing
    Ground Effect
    Japan, France to Jointly Develop New Jet
    Report of the NASA Science Definition Team for the Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter
    Rocket Engine Design
    Congrats to Eurocopter
    Water Weak behind Aircrafts
    stealth characteristics
    High speed jets used in rocket engines
    Unique flying machines
    Prop effect
    Solar Sail Spacecraft
    Rogallo Wing
    CO2 powered water rocketry
    Modification of Space Shuttle Tiles?
    Proposal Modify Shuttle Fuel Tank
    static margin and longitundiual stability
    Space Shuttle moon orbit
    Aviation future
    Shuttle Sensor
    low speed airfoil
    aerodynamics textbooks
    New Shuttle concepts from Europe
    Japan to test supersonic airliner prototype
    Controlled Descent
    NASA Announces New Launch Vehicle and CEV
    Aerospace engineering
    AIAA - Textbooks in Aerodynamics and Space Engineering
    How do you understand Aerodynamics?
    Question on wing Down wash ?
    Crazy Space Plane Idea I have
    military aircraft
    NASA's crazy mars idea!
  23. Aug 17, 2008 #22
    pg: 33-39

    Need help with an airfoil name
    IIT's Aerospace Engineering Program.
    Batwing airplanes
    spitfire strutural plans
    engineering for a rocket scientist
    low speed airfoil
    Fin Stabilization
    Clark Y-14 Airfoil
    Boeing 747-400
    Airplanes without classes?
    airplane pulling on the earth?
    Simple homemade helicopter
    Solid fuel rockets
    Capsule Reentry
    Turbo Fan
    Aerospace Engineer Question
    Why does a jet look like this when it breaks the sound barrier?
    the real drawings of the supermarine spitfire
    Wind Tunnel Test!
    ww2 airfoil and aircrafts
    Aerospace Engineers
    Can an aerospace Engineer please complete this interview for a PLTW student?
    Help modeling a hiller flybar?
    Lift of a trapezoidal wing
    shielding of robots in space
    subsonic aircrafts
    Virgin Galactic
    Helicopter downwash
    Airbags for rockets
    Fusion Rocket.
    Airframe impact question
    Mathematics in Aerospace Engineering
    Homemade Parachute
    aerospace engineering study and work in the United States
    jet engines
    Survey text on aerospace engineering
    Going to the moon?
    Engine Size 747-400
    which language for aerospace industry
    United Technologies (UTC) Acquires Rocketdyne from Boeing
    Finite Wings
    NASA/NACA Technical Reports and Memoranda
    Scramjet Speed
    New university student in aerospace engineering program
    End of the Space Shuttle?
    Japan's Supersonic Aircraft
    Scram Jet Blimps
    NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts
    NASA Glenn - Power and Propulsion R&D
    NASA Marshall Fact Sheets
    Why tiles for re-entry and not launch?
    NASA Lunar Lander Challenge
    Airliner Autoland Stats
    Airplane design
    Need Help - A step towards Aerospace Engineering
    Question about jet propulsion.
    Moment Coefficients
    Lift on an airfoil
  24. Aug 17, 2008 #23
    p. 20-31
    Induced drag in a biplane
    Submersible aircraft carierrs
    Ramjet Topic!
    NASA's Constellation Program - Center Assignments
    Rocket Booster Failure...
    The Extended Kalman Filter
    How do aircraft fly upside down?
    Space elevator feasibility; split from: NASA Announces New Launch Vehicle and CEV
    AIAA - Nuclear and Future Flight Propulsion Technical Committee
    Career In Avionics
    Computer Code For 3-D Rocket Thermal Evaluation
    Nose cone design
    Winglet question
    why propellers used for cargos
    Driving a flapping wing
    question: ice forming on wing
    Size of test wing
    Fly by wire
    supersonic turning radius
    best books for students of aerospace?
    Question about a modified 747
    Delta Wing - Natural Control Reversal
    flying car
    JSF F-35B Tests
    Propeller and thrust
    Aerospace Engineering Experiments
    Alarm @ wing stall
    gas flowing quickly over the surface of an aircraft wing
    MIT's GUI_Missile_Flyout
    Standard Takeoff Temperature
    Aerodynamic stabilization of satellites
    Aerospace Unis
    Buran Vehicle (USSR)
    Blue Origin wants to hire experienced aerospace engineer or engineering leader
    Fighter aircraft maneovres
    Propeller Efficiency
    can anyone confirm this equation?? Prop. Thrust
    Shimming of nose landing gear...
    Obtaining very old blueprints?
    Some question about Boeing 777
    A google talk conference chat for Aerospace Engineering
    A few questions about helicopters
    Sea-Launch "anomaly"
    Propeller Thrust Equation
    wing shape of boeing 787
    airbus engine noise reduction
    Classification of corrosion, please help(Aviation Industry)
    Entering a Masters program in Aerospace Engineering
    Where Can i Get Basic aircraft Maintenance BOOK
    Launching a UAV....
    How would you determine the Lift(thrust) force of a Helicopter in hover
    Books on flight engineering!
    Aluminum prop help
    thrust vectoring?
    Why does an airplane perform a loop?
    Naca 0015
    airfoil selection
    Conformal Mapping of Aerofoil at incidence
    Aircraft Structure Problem
    temperature of the back of a turbine jet engine (or something like that)
    Jet sound contribution
    Becoming an aerospace engineer
    Rotorcraft Problem
    deciding aerospace as my course
    Aerodynamic Forces
    Aerospace Engineering Conference
    GPA for Aero grad school
    Aircraft Wings
    mean aerodynamic center
    Hypersonic Aircraft Design Project
    Spanwise load distribution due to change in twist!
    Gust Load Alleviation and Flutter Supression?
    Should I pursue and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering or stick with a Masters Degree?
    How can i be an Astronaut?
    Mathematics involved in Aerodynamics
    Need Materials for "Stability and Control Helicopter"
    Offcentre thrust, spinning spaceship
    I am interested in building a rocket with feedback control system....
    Wing weights
    propeller problem
    Helicopter aerodynamics
    can we increase the wing area vertically?
    aircraft structure (thin walled closed section beam)
    How do planes fly?
    aircraft inventions
    Satelites at different levels ..
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