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Computational Methods for Modeling Parachute Systems
January/February 2003 (vol. 5 no. 1)
pp. 39-46
Keith Stein, Bethel College
Tayfun Tezduyar, Rice University
Richard Benney, Natick Soldier Center

We highlight some of the recent methods developed by the Team for Advanced Flow Simulation and Modeling for computer modeling of parachute systems. Successful modeling of parachute systems requires that we address a number of computational challenges including unsteady flows, computational domains with changing shapes, and strong coupling between the airflow around a parachute and the dynamics of the parachute structure. Among the methods we developed to address these challenges are the Deforming-Spatial-Domain/Stabilized Space-Time (DSD/SST) formulation and various advanced mesh update methods. We also highlight several parachute simulations and test computations.

Index Terms:
Flow simulation, Parachute aerodynamics, Fluid-structure interactions, DSD/SST formulation, Mesh update methods
Keith Stein, Tayfun Tezduyar, Richard Benney, "Computational Methods for Modeling Parachute Systems," Computing in Science and Engineering, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 39-46, Jan.-Feb. 2003, doi:10.1109/MCISE.2003.1166551
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