Old Domains:

PROP_DESIGN was previously available at:

  • code.fosshub.com/PROP_DESIGN/
  • propdesign.weebly.com
  • af-insight.weebly.com
  • sourceforge.net/projects/propdesign

The Software and Website:

I had many reasons for creating PROP_DESIGN and releasing it as open source, public domain, software. I began studying aircraft propellers, while attending college, in the early 1990's. I found it difficult, and time consuming, to obtain information on the subject. I also found that many papers did not include source code. With the advent of the internet, several aircraft propeller design programs became available. However, these were based on old methods and had many limitations that I was unwilling to accept. The main one being the inability to design swept propellers. I had been planning on combining the work of Adkins and Liebeck with that of McCormick, to allow for swept propeller design, until I found a code called PROPSY. I re-coded PROPSY from the author's Master's thesis. Over time, I found numerous and substantial errors with PROPSY. PROP_DESIGN fixes these errors and adds many new features. Releasing PROP_DESIGN as open source, public domain software, was my attempt at giving everyone easy access to the best aircraft propeller design information available.

Anthony Falzone, the developer of PROP_DESIGN:

Anthony Falzone, the developer of PROP_DESIGN
Anthony Falzone, the developer of PROP_DESIGN

I am a U.S. citizen. I earned a BSME degree, due to my childhood interest in hovercars. I worked in the aerospace industry, for over twelve years. I retired in 2008, after working for the following aerospace companies:

  • Hamilton Standard
  • Pratt & Whitney
  • McCauley Propeller Systems
  • Atlantic Inertial Systems

I contributed to the success of many notable products, some of which include the:

  • Xian MA60 regional airliners
  • General Atomics Predator B (aka Altair and MQ-9 Reaper) UAVs
  • Raytheon AMRAAM air-to-air missiles
  • Boeing Minuteman III ICBMs

I also contributed to the success of some notable services:

  • First stage turbine blade testing and analysis
  • Transonic compressor rotor (a.k.a. IBR or Blisk) R&D for the AFRL CARL
  • ICBM inertial sensor R&D

My involvement with these products and services included:

  • Assisting with the FAA vibration certification of the Xian MA60 composite aircraft propeller installation
  • Performing tests and running analytical models, to determine the root cause of first stage turbine blade cracking
  • Designing the three blade, solid aluminum, constant speed, aircraft propeller for the General Atomics Predator B UAV
  • Using FEA to show there was a discrepancy in the hot and cold shape models of a transonic compressor rotor (a.k.a. IBR or Blisk) being studied and tested by the AFRL CARL
  • Performing a mathematical analysis which prevented the recall of hundreds of AMRAAM air-to-air missiles, by showing a manufacturing deviation actually improved performance
  • Using FEA, testing, and mathematical analysis to determine the root cause of a complex thermally induced vibration excitation issue with inertial sensors used on Boeing Minuteman III ICBMs
  • Leading a team and performing analyses wrt ICBM inertial sensor R&D

The most rewarding project was designing the aircraft propeller for the General Atomics Predator B UAV, due to the impact that the aircraft has had on humanity.