Methods for FSI modeling of spacecraft parachute dynamics and cover separation

Kenji Takizawa, Darren Montes, Matthew Fritze, Spenser McIntyre, Joseph Boben, Tayfun E. Tezduyar*

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Fluid-structure interaction (FSI) modeling of spacecraft parachutes involves a number of computational challenges beyond those encountered in a typical FSI problem. The stabilized space-time FSI (SSTFSI) technique serves as a robust and accurate core FSI method, and a number of special FSI methods address the computational challenges specific to spacecraft parachutes. Some spacecraft FSI problems involve even more specific computational challenges and require additional special methods. An example of that is the impulse ejection and parachute extraction of a protective cover used in a spacecraft. The computational challenges specific to this problem are related to the sudden changes in the parachute loads and sudden separation of the cover with very little initial clearance from the spacecraft. We describe the core and special FSI methods, and present the methods we use in FSI analysis of the parachute dynamics and cover separation, including the temporal NURBS representation in modeling the separation motion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-338
Number of pages32
JournalMathematical Models and Methods in Applied Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Feb


  • Fluid-structure interaction
  • Impulse ejection
  • Parachute extraction
  • Parachute modeling
  • SSTFSI method
  • Special FSI methods
  • Temporal NURBS representation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Applied Mathematics


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