Deformation of MC-4 Ram-Air Canopy due to Control and Suspension Line Retraction
In the past two years we have developed expertise in using a nonlinear, finite element- based simulation software package to compute the inflated geometry of a ram-air parachute canopy from its cut-pattern. Specifically, we have examined the geometry of MC-4 parachute canopy with uniform and variable pressure distributions. Moreover, we have devised a set of metrics to compare the canopy geometry under various loadin...
Computer-Aided Engineering and Design, Applied Mechanics