Aerodynamic interactions involving multiple parachute canopies

Keith Stein*, Richard Benney, Tayfun Tezduyar, Vinod Kumar, Sunil Sathe, Eric Thornburg, Clifton Kyle, Tomoyasu Nonoshita

*Corresponding author for this work

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Simulation of airdrop systems using multiple parachutes or parachute clusters may involve the aerodynamic interactions between parachute canopies. These interactions can occur between two separate parachutes when one of them comes close to the other. They also occur between the canopies of a cluster of parachutes. We present results for the interactions involving two separate round parachutes in close proximity to one another, and study the effect of the separation distance on the aerodynamic interaction. We also present results for the aerodynamic interactions between the canopies in a cluster of parachutes, where we study the effect of varying the number and arrangement of the canopies.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes
Event16th AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology Conference and Seminar, 2001 - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: 2001 May 212001 May 24


Other16th AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology Conference and Seminar, 2001
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBoston, MA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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