Elastic membranes (such as sails) under aerodynamic loading
Is anyone working on *structured* grid methods for the interaction between (air)flows and elastic membranes, such as sails? If so, I'd like to share experiences.
Thanks, Margot Gerritsen
Re: Elastic membranes (such as sails) under aerodynamic loading
A problem similar to sails is parachute membrane fluid-structure interaction (FSI) -- see:
"All airdrop systems encounter highly complex fluid structure interaction (FSI) phenomena as they deploy, inflate, reach steady state conditions, and ultimately provide a soft landing. Without an accurate representation of the inflated parachute shape, the FSI phenomena make it impossible to predict accurately the pressure distribution on a canopy surface. At the same time, the parachute's shape cannot be determined without an accurate representation of the pressure distribution (and other loadings) acting over its surface."
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