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Effect of Coning Angle on Parachute Aerodynamics

CDT Brian Wesson Loyd, USMA

Project Supervisors:
Vinod Kumar, Masayoshi Senga, T*AFSM
Dr. Keith Stein, US Army Natick Soldier Center, T*AFSM

Principal Investigator:
Professor Tayfun E. Tezduyar, T*AFSM

This project is part of a research effort by the T*AFSM in collaboration with US Army Natick Soldier Center. The objective in this project is to study the aerodynamic behavior of a G-12 cargo parachute as a function of its coning angle. We investigate how the parachute drag varies as the coning angle varies.

Figure 1. G-12 cargo parachute.

Figure 2. G-12 parachute at 5 degrees coning angle. Velocity vectors colored with pressure.