Fluid-structure interaction modelling of parachute soft-landing dynamics

Keith Stein*, Tayfun E. Tezduyar, Sunil Sathe, Richard Benney, Richard Charles

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Soft landing of a payload with the aid of a retraction device is an important aspect in cargo parachute operations. Accurate simulation of this class of parachute operations with a computer model that takes into account the fluid-structure interactions involved would complement drop tests and support the design of cargo parachute systems. We describe the computational methods developed for this purpose, demonstrate how the computational model works in investigation of different soft-landing conditions, and show a good correlation between the data from our simulations and drop tests.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)619-631
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids
Issue number6-7
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Feb 28
Externally publishedYes


  • Flow simulation
  • Fluid-structure interactions
  • Parachute aerodynamics
  • Soft landing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics


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