Faculty Advisor

Johari, Hamid

Abstract

This research experimentally studied the connection between the shape of a parachute canopy during inflation and the aerodynamic forces on the canopy. This was done by comparing the aerodynamics of a series of rigid parachute models, which are similar in shape to the flexible inflating parachute, against unsteady aerodynamics of the flexible parachute during inflation. A series of rigid models were designed, manufactured and tested to see if they could replicate the aerodynamic drag forces on a flexible parachute model.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2006

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Program

Mechanical Engineering

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