Special methods for aerodynamic-moment calculations from parachute FSI modeling

Kenji Takizawa, Tayfun E. Tezduyar*, Cody Boswell, Yuki Tsutsui, Kenneth Montel

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The space–time fluid–structure interaction (STFSI) methods for 3D parachute modeling are now at a level where they can bring reliable, practical analysis to some of the most complex parachute systems, such as spacecraft parachutes. The methods include the Deforming-Spatial-Domain/Stabilized ST method as the core computational technology, and a good number of special FSI methods targeting parachutes. Evaluating the stability characteristics of a parachute based on how the aerodynamic moment varies as a function of the angle of attack is one of the practical analyses that reliable parachute FSI modeling can deliver. We describe the special FSI methods we developed for this specific purpose and present the aerodynamic-moment data obtained from FSI modeling of NASA Orion spacecraft parachutes and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) subscale parachutes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1059-1069
Number of pages11
JournalComputational Mechanics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Oct 30


  • Aerodynamic moment
  • DSD/SST method
  • JAXA subscale parachutes
  • NASA Orion spacecraft parachutes
  • Space–time fluid–structure interaction methods
  • Special methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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