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:

The following graphic file is a screen shot of the program.


log file