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

S. K. Aliabadi, William L Garrard, V. Kalro, S. Mittal, T. E. Tezduyar, K. R. Stein

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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 (US)
Number of pages16
StatePublished - 1995
Event13th AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology Conference, 1995 - Clearwater Beach, United States
Duration: May 15 1995May 18 1995


Other13th AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology Conference, 1995
CountryUnited States
CityClearwater Beach

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Funding Information:
This research was sponsored by ARO under grant, DAAH04-93-G-0514, by ARPA under NIST contract 60NANBZD1272, by NASA-JSC under grant NAG 9-449, and by the Army High Performance Computing Research Center under the auspices of the Department of the Army, Army Research Laboratory cooperative agreement number DAAH04-95-2-0003/contract number DAAH04-95-C-0008, the content of which does not necessarily reflect the position or the policy of the government, and no official endorsement should be inferred.

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