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Gliding Performance of a G-12 Parachute

CDT William Sperberg, USMA

Project Supervisors:
Sunil Sathe, Masayoshi Senga, T*AFSM

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

This project is part of a research effort by the T*AFSM to determine the gliding capability of a G-12 parachute. The objective in this project is to study the gliding response of a G-12 cargo parachute to riser retractions/releases. We investigate how the horizontal speed of the parachute compares to its descent speed.

Figure 1. G-12 cargo parachute with risers pulled.

Figure 2. G-12 parachute moving to the right. Velocity vectors are colored with pressure.