High-fidelity simulation and low-order analysis for planetary descent investigation of capsule-parachute interaction

High-fidelity simulation and low-order analysis for planetary descent investigation of capsule-parachute interaction

L. Placco, F. Dalla Barba, F. Picano

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Abstract. The project focuses on characterizing the unsteady dynamics of the parachute-capsule system during the descent phase of planetary entry in a supersonic flow regime. Currently, Large-Eddy Simulation, coupled with an Immersed-Boundary Method, is utilized to examine the time-evolving flow behavior of a rigid supersonic parachute trailing behind a reentry capsule as it descends through the Martian atmosphere. The flow is simulated at Ma=2 and Re=10^6. A massive GPU parallelization has been utilized to enable a high-fidelity resolution of the turbulent structures in the flow, essential for capturing its dynamic behavior. We demonstrate through low-order modeling of the unsteady turbulent wake of the capsule that low-frequency fluctuations within the wake are the primary trigger for flow instability in front of the canopy volume. Proper-Orthogonal Decomposition is utilized to investigate the system dynamics and analyze how various turbulence contributions influence the phenomenon.

Supersonic Parachute, Supersonic Flows, Large Eddy Simulation, Low-Order Modelling

Published online 6/1/2024, 4 pages
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Published under license by Materials Research Forum LLC., Millersville PA, USA

Citation: L. Placco, F. Dalla Barba, F. Picano, High-fidelity simulation and low-order analysis for planetary descent investigation of capsule-parachute interaction, Materials Research Proceedings, Vol. 42, pp 104-107, 2024

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21741/9781644903193-23

The article was published as article 23 of the book Aerospace Science and Engineering

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