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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
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  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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