Parallel finite element computation of the dynamics of large ram air parachutes

S. K. Aliabadi, W. L. Garrard, V. Kalro, S. Mittal, Tayfun E. Tezduyar, K. R. Stein

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Abstract

Future airdrop systems require the development of very large gliding parachutes capable of delivering 21-ton payloads. This airdrop requirement presents new technology barriers which cannot be addressed by previous methods such as extensively costly airdrop testing and wind tunnel testing; hence the need to look towards high-performance computing as a viable alternative. In this paper we present a methodology to simulate the dynamics of ram-air parachutes using stabilized finite element Navier-Stokes solvers. Highly optimized coding techniques and algorithms provide us with the potential to solve systems with millions of coupled nonlinear equations. These computations are carried out on the massively parallel supercornputer CM-5.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication13th AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology Conference
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
Pages278-293
Number of pages16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes
Event13th AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology Conference, 1995 - Clearwater Beach, United States
Duration: 1995 May 151995 May 18

Other

Other13th AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology Conference, 1995
CountryUnited States
CityClearwater Beach
Period95/5/1595/5/18

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Aliabadi, S. K., Garrard, W. L., Kalro, V., Mittal, S., Tezduyar, T. E., & Stein, K. R. (1995). Parallel finite element computation of the dynamics of large ram air parachutes. In 13th AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology Conference (pp. 278-293). [AIAA-95-1581-CP] American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA. https://doi.org/10.2514/6.1995-1581