Engineering Sciences Data Unit - ESDU

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About ESDU

IHS ESDU provides engineering insight based on the collective knowledge of hundreds of engineers from around the world. It is actively managed and updated regularly to keep abreast of the latest science and practices to deliver the most advanced resources.

ESDU methods are regularly reviewed and validated by industry, technical society and academic experts to provide current best practices and data. 

This unique collection of design guides and methods will minimize the time required to run complex calculations with:

  • Detailed descriptions of the principles on which methods are based 
  • Analysis methods described with ranges of accuracy, derivation lists, and worked examples 
  • Detailed calculation diagrams to show program data flows 
  • The ability to capture conditions and reuse previous calculations.

With the ESDU Aerodynamics Design Collection, your development team can eliminate dependence on outdated or inaccurate methods to move from research and development through design and certification as effectively as possible.

It provides an extensive collection of tools to solve complex aerodynamic and structural problems related to:

  • Airfoils and Wings 
  • Wing-Body Combinations 
  • Controls and Flaps 
  • Powerplant and Airframe Interactions 
  • Stability of Aircraft

Design Engineers worldwide rely on IHS ESDU Aerodynamics Design tools

  • Aerospace and defense industry contractors 
  • Commercial aircraft manufacturers and suppliers 
  • Government research and testing agencies 
  • Academic institutions


Achieve Greater Design Accuracy – ensure your design calculations are accurate with comprehensive, in-depth information for more than 1200 aerospace design and performance topics. IHS ESDU is the ideal complement to other design tools such as finite element analysis, computational fluid dynamics programs as well as in-house practices, codes and industry standards

Optimize Designs – IHS ESDU provides an in-depth discussion of the relevant design parameters and the tools to research alternative configurations to optimize the design

Improve Collaboration – IHS ESDU methods and data enable cooperation on joint development projects without compromising proprietary methods and resources
Reduce Rework or Redesign – because IHS ESDU methods are validated, calculations will accurately predict performance with less rework or reliance on costly prototypes
Meet Project Budgets and Schedules - IHS ESDU helps engineers effectively solve complex problems to shorten the initial design and development phases and reduce research costs


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