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Aeronautics and Aeronautical Engineering


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Aircraft fuel systems

Recomended text for MSc in Military Aerospace and Airworthiness.


Collection of science and engineering eBooks (includes aerospace and radar) with interactive tables, graphs and spreadsheets. OFFSITE ACCESS: Please search for Institution - Cranfield University, enter your Cranfield username and password.

Safari O'Reilly eBooks

A collection of more than 32,000 technology, creative, and business books from leading publishers. Please sign in using your Cranfield email address.

SpringerLink eBook Collection

Provides access to purchased eBooks in the areas of computer science, engineering, business and management, mathematics and materials science.


AIAA Aerospace Research Central

Full text access to selected AIAA Journals and meeting papers from 1963 onwards.

ASTM Compass

​A vast collection of industry-leading standards and technical engineering information created by the world’s top technical experts, covering a broad range of engineering disciplines, including: aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, environmental, geological, health and safety, industrial, materials science, mechanical, nuclear, petroleum, soil science, and solar engineering.

IMechE Journals : 2010 - 2017

Full-text journals from Professional Engineering Publishing. Title included: The International Journal of Engine Research; The Journal of Strain Analysis, and Parts A-O of the Proceedings of the IMechE.


Details of articles from over 13,500 publications from many different publishers, covering areas of engineering and the sciences. Some full-text availability, including access to the Brill Journal Archive (full-text Brill journals up to 1999).

Journal of Aircraft

Full text access to the journal. Also provides a Table of Contents alert service.

Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics

Full text access to the journal. Also provides a Table of Contents alert service.

Journal of Propulsion and Power

Full text access to the journal. Also provides a Table of Contents alert service.


Full text journals published by Elsevier mainly in the field of science and technology. Also contains individual Elsevier eBooks that have been purchased by Cranfield University Libraries.

SPIE Digital Library

Provides access to more than 275,000 technical papers from SPIE Journals and Conference Proceedings from 1990 to the present in the fields of optics and photonics. Includes access to the SPIE Digital Library eBook Collection and the full SPIE Digital Library.

Wiley Online Library

Full text journals from Wiley-Blackwell covering science, technology, forensics, business and management, computer science, education, engineering, law, and mathematics.



Electronic table of contents service provided by the British Library. Bibliographic search facilities of journals and conference proceedings also available.



Free, internet-based collection of over 4000 quality assessed resources worldwide. The resources are selected, evaluated, regularly monitored and last updated by subject specialists from Cranfield University. Each resource is described so that you can assess its potential value to you before you visit it.

DTIC Online

Unclassified reports added to the Defense Technical Information Centre. Previously known as STINET.

NASA Technical Reports Server

Searchable database of NASA's scientific and technical literature, including research reports, journal articles, conference and meeting papers, mission-related operational documents, and preliminary data.


Abstracts of US government-funded scientific, technical, engineering and business related information. Hosted by the United States Department of Commerce.


A large multidisciplinary abstract and indexing database that provides access to over 20,000 peer-reviewed titles, including 2,800 gold open access journals, from more than 5,000 international publishers. Scopus indexes more than 50,000 books, 6.5 million conference papers and 24 million patents from five patent offices.

Web of Science

The Web of Science covers many disciplines in the areas of engineering, science and the humanities, and provides access to the Web of Science, ISI Proceedings, MEDLINE and Journal Citation Reports (JCR).

Professional Institutions

Flight Safety Foundation

The website of an international organisation for everyone concerned with the safety of flight. Information on technical initiatives to improve flight safety. Free subscription to their online journal "AeroSafety World."

Royal Aeronautical Society

Web site of the professional body for aerospace. Provides an overview of the oldest aeronautical library collection in the world, along with publication information, useful links and professional development opportunities.

SAE - Society of Automotive Engineers

Website of the Society of Automotive Engineers, providing information on SAE publications including technical papers and standards, relevant conferences and events, industry news, and information about the Society itself.

Society of British Aerospace Companies

Website of the UK's national trade association for companies involved in civil and military aerospace. The website has information on technical and industrial issues, technical standards and sustainable aviation. Access to some parts of the website may require free registration.

Recommended Websites

Web site dedicated to airline accidents and incidents. Has an accident database from 1950 - present and a photographic gallery.

Aviation Today

Aviation Today provides access to a range of market intelligence and business resources. It provides links to PBI Media's Aviation Group's publications, which includes a search facility for back issues. Special and government reports and aircraft values are also available. This resource provides information regarding safety and security and links to other aircraft industry web sites.

DOAJ Directory of Open Access Journals

A directory of quality controlled open access journals in all scholarly and scientific subject areas. Contains over 2500 titles. These journals do not impose an embargo period but some may require free online registration.

European Aviation Safety Agency

In September 2003 a single central body, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), was formed to undertake the regulatory role, including airworthiness. The website provides access to general and technical publications, including the Annual Safety Review, EHEST documents and Continuing Airworthiness Requirements, as well as access to their studies and research activities reports.


A free journal tables of contents service, covering over 14,000 scholarly journals from around 500 publishers, and almost any subject area. NB: You will need to register in order to save your selected journals.


The NASA web site provides news and information about the US government agency, news and events, and its missions. It also offers a multimedia gallery, containing images and video features.

National Academies Press

Provides free access to more than 4,000 National Academies Press PDFs in the areas of science, health and technology

Online Writing Lab

Free online advice from Purdue University on all aspects of academic writing, including creating a thesis statement, proofreading your work, technical paper writing, literary analysis and criticism, conducting research, email etiquette, citations, writer's block, and a grammar blog.

Research Professional

News and funding information for research professionals. Includes research funding opportunities, sponsors, news, and jobs. Also gives access to the full-text publication Research Fortnight. Sign up for a personal log-in to set up your own alerts in chosen subject areas, receive regular newsletters by email, save searches, and keep a watch on particular sponsors such as the MOD or DSTL. (This resource was previously known as ResearchResearch)

UK Defence Standardization

The DStan organisation develops and communicates UK MOD standardization policies, defence standards, procedures and guidance on standardization issues. Copies of electronic and hard copy versions of all extant UK Defence Standards are available from DStan. *Some may be charged for. If Barrington Library members require a defence standard which is not free, please contact your Barrington Library team.

Standards and Patents

British Standards Online

Access British Standards and ISOs. To set up search alert notifications for this resource, contact us to sign up for an individual account.

European Patent Office

Worldwide patents searchable by subject, person or organisation. Gives patent number, date, inventor and a descriptive abstract.


Free access to 47,000+ Military, DoD, Federal, NASA, DOE, and Government specifications, standards, and handbooks.

US Patents

Full text US patents and published applications. Patents from 1790 to 1975 are searchable only by Patent Number and Current US Classification. From 1976 they are searchable by all fields. Note: images will be read-only unless your pc has the appropriate TIFF reader. For more information, see