Olinger, David J
U.S. Army Natick Soldier Center
This report describes wind tunnel testing of parachute suspension line drag that was undertaken. An experimental apparatus to measure suspension line drag was designed and constructed. Wind tunnel tests were carried out for a variety of suspension lines, different line orientations, line tensions, and wind tunnel speeds. Dimensional analysis was completed to determine the important non-dimensional parameters for the problem. Instantaneous drag data was analyzed using Fast Fourier Transfer to determine the frequency response of the suspension lines. Mean drag data was also measured and analyzed.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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