Parks College Parachute Research Group
TCDCALC, the Truncated Cone Decelerator Design Calculator Program
written by Dr. Jean Potvin and Gary Peek
Having designed the Truncated Cone Decelerator and while doing their research
inflation and steady-descent characteristics of the TCD, the PCPRG developed a
user-friendly computer program that aids in the design of TCD type parachutes.
This simple program allows the user to input various design factors and view
how changes to these factors affect the descent characteristics of the TCD.
The links below point to files that can be downloaded:
Related AIAA documents:
- AIAA-2005-1620, Inflation and Steady-Descent Characteristics of Truncated Cone Decelerators
- AIAA-2005-1620 Talk, the presentation given by Dr. Jean Potvin at the 18th AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Conference and Seminar, Munich, Germany, May 23-26, 2005
The following graphic file is a screen shot of the program.