Flexible modeling of parafoil delivery system in wind environments

Hong Zhu, Qinglin Sun, Jin Tao*, Zengqiang Chen, Matthias Dehmer, Guangming Xie

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Wind disturbances usually affect the motion states and aerodynamic distributions of a parafoil, changing the dynamics of the delivery system and deteriorating the control accuracy. This paper establishes an accurate flexible dynamic model for a parafoil delivery system in wind environments. Combined with identified wind fields, an accurate aerodynamic model is established, using aerodynamic coefficients calculated by fluid–structure interaction simulations to ensure its validity under crosswind effects. Good agreement between results of simulations and experiments demonstrates the accuracy of the dynamic responses. The model can be applied to the research of precise control algorithms for real parafoil systems.

Original languageEnglish
Article number106210
Number of pages22
JournalCommunications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation
Publication statusPublished - May 2022
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Flexible modeling
  • Fluid–structure interaction
  • Parafoil delivery system
  • Wind environment


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