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Dimensional analysis of the inflation process of parachute canopies


Kaplun, Saul (1951) Dimensional analysis of the inflation process of parachute canopies. Engineer's thesis, California Institute of Technology.


The possibility of an experimental approach based on dimensional analysis is considered. Dimensional analysis of the filling of a parachute tied to a fixed support is given. The physical variables of the problem are discussed, and an attempt is made to retain for subsequent analysis of all those variables for which the a priori assumption of negligibility is not warranted. The variables are reduced to dimensionless form, leading to tables of model rules which must be obeyed for various purposes. The possibility of a rigorous experimental procedure and, especially, of separating the effects of the several parameters is discussed in light of the model rules.

Item Type:Thesis (Engineer's thesis)
Subject Keywords:Aeronautics
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Aeronautics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Stewart, Homer Joseph
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1951
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:11182010-154343424
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ID Code:6180
Deposited By: John Wade
Deposited On:19 Nov 2010 00:19
Last Modified:26 Dec 2012 04:32

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