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Aerodynamics of a Parachute Model with Geometry-Induced Glide

CDT Grant Betz, USMA

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

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

This project is part of a research effort by the T*AFSM to better understand geometry-induced glide of a parachute model with geometric complexities, and its interaction with paratrooper-induced glide. This includes analyzing the motion of a parachute allowed two translational degrees of freedom and the motion of a parachute allowed two translational degrees of freedom and one rotational degree of freedom. We investigated the differences between the two models in an effort to develop a realistic model of parachute performance.



Figure 1. Possible trajectories of a parachute experiencing geometry-induced glide (left) and a velocity field surrounding the parachute in descent(right).