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Computational fluid-membrane interaction with application to supersonic decelerators

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Supersonic membrane decelerators, like parachutes or inflatable aero-shells, are presently used for planetary re-entry in robotic missions. It is known from flight tests and experiments that such membrane decelerators are susceptible to aeroelastic instabilities in certain flight regimes. To study this, we developed a numerical solution strategy by combining several novel developments in membranes, fluid-membrane interaction, fluid dynamics and block-structured adaptive mesh refinement. In this presentation, I will introduce the developed overall computational framework and discuss, in particular, the challenges in modelling the structural components of the membrane decelerators.

This talk is part of the Engineering Department Bio- and Micromechanics Seminars series.

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