Analysis of Opening Shock of a Chest Mounted Reserve Parachute

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G. A. Khader, R. L. Huston

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0072

J Biomech Eng 109(2), 121-125 (May 01, 1987) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3138653 History: Received July 21, 1986; Revised March 06, 1987; Online June 12, 2009


The effect of opening shock of a chest-mounted reserve parachute on the head/neck dynamics is studied. Comparisons are made with similar effects of a back-mounted reserve parachute. The analysis employs a biodynamic computer model developed in earlier research. The results show that there are significant advantages of a chest-mounted over a back-mounted reserve parachute.

Copyright © 1987 by ASME
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