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Advanced Modeling of Fluid-Structure Interaction for Softgoods in Supersonic Flow

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Developing, verifying and validating a new simulation tool for modeling parachute inflation in supersonic flow.

Research will investigate and bring to application maturity a new simulation approach for modeling fluid-structure interaction in supersonic flows. The particular application of interest is the highly dynamic parachute inflation phase in supersonic flow. The new approach uses a lagrangian structural mesh embedded within an eulerian flow. This will lead to a breakthrough capability not currently possible with existing tools. 

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