Modelling and simulation of the sea-landing of aerial vehicles using the Particle Finite Element Method

In this paper the Particle Finite Element Method (PFEM) is applied to the simulation of the sea-landing of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The problem of interest consists in modelling the impact of the vehicle against the water surface, analyzing the main kinematic and dynamic quantities (such as loads exerted upon the capsule at the moment of the impact). The PFEM, a methodology well-suited for free-surface flow simulation is used for modelling the water while a rigid body model is chosen for the vehicle. The vehicle under consideration is characterized by low weight. This leads to difficulties in modelling the fluid–structure interaction using standard Dirichlet–Neumann coupling. We apply a modified partitioned strategy introducing the interface Laplacian into the pressure Poisson's equation for obtaining a convergent FSI (fluid-structure interaction) solution. The paper concludes with an industrial example of a vehicle sea-landing modeled using PFEM.


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  • Accession Number: 01488693
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 1 2013 9:35AM