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Aerodynamic Simulation of Closed-Canopy-Type Parafoil for Martian Exploration Mission

[+] Author Affiliations
Daiki Harada, Yusuke Takahashi, Nobuyuki Oshima

Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan

Kazuhiko Yamada

JAXA, Sagamihara, Japan

Paper No. AJKFluids2015-13595, pp. V01AT13A007; 6 pages
  • ASME/JSME/KSME 2015 Joint Fluids Engineering Conference
  • Volume 1A: Symposia, Part 2
  • Seoul, South Korea, July 26–31, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5732-8
  • Copyright © 2015 by JSME


In this research, aerodynamic characteristics of a closed-canopy-type parafoil for Martian exploration mission are numerically investigated at low Reynolds number region. Membrane deformation by internal pressure of a parafoil is simulated by using a virtual particle method. The computational results show that aerodynamic characteristics are affected by membrane deformation and difference of a shape of arch. Membrane deformation decreases pressure on the lower surface of a parafoil, and a large central angle of an arch increases pressure on the upper surface. Because of these effects, parafoil model with a large central angle of an arch and membrane deformation has lower lift-drag ratio.

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