Parachute fluid-structure interactions: 3-D computation

Keith Stein, Richard Benney, Vinay Kalro, Tayfun E. Tezduyar, John Leonard, Michael Accorsi

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We present a parallel computational strategy for carrying out 3-D simulations of parachute fluid-structure interaction (FSI), and apply this strategy to a round parachute. The strategy uses a stabilized space-time finite element formulation for the fluid dynamics (FD), and a finite element formulation derived from the principle of virtual work for the structural dynamics (SD). The fluid-structure coupling is implemented over compatible surface meshes in the SD and FD meshes. Large deformations of the structure are handled in the FD mesh by using an automatic mesh moving scheme with remeshing as needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-386
Number of pages14
JournalComputer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Oct 27
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Computer Science Applications


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