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Review of smart material technologies for active parachute applications
Author(s): Eric Favini; Christopher Niezrecki; Julie Chen; David Willis; Eugene Niemi; Kenneth Desabrais
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Paper Abstract

The performance (drag, lift, stability, etc.) of a parachute is a function of the physical properties of the canopy fabric (such as porosity) and geometry of the canopy (such as air-vent openings). These variables typically remain constant during descent and therefore the parachute retains constant drag and lift. The ability to change these variables and the parachute drag and lift characteristics during flight will greatly widen the performance envelope of a parachute, the maneuverability, and versatility of the airdrop mission. This paper provides a literature review of existing smart material technologies in an effort to improve the performance characteristics and enhance the safety of existing parachutes and parafoils by incorporating these advanced materials into parachute systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 April 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7643, Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2010, 76431O (12 April 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.847620
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Eric Favini, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Christopher Niezrecki, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Julie Chen, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
David Willis, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Eugene Niemi, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Kenneth Desabrais, U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7643:
Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2010
Mehrdad N. Ghasemi-Nejhad, Editor(s)

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