Faculty Advisor

Olinger, David J

Abstract

The purpose of this Major Qualifying Project was to measure the glide ratio of round parachute canopies with various vent areas and materials. The project was conducted in cooperation with the Natick U.S. Army Soldier Center. Twelve test canopies were created from both porous and non porous nylon materials using a newly designed canopy template. Each canopy was constructed with a unique vent area ranging from 2% - 14% in order to determine which produced the highest glide ratio. An experimental apparatus was designed to hold the canopies open in a wind tunnel flow. The lift and drag on each canopy was measured using a six-axis transducer. It was found that glide ratio increases as vent area increases for both materials.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2007

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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