Thank you to all the visitors. You have made all the work on this hobby/project of mine so worthwhile. When I started this project I was so surprised to see all the interest from all over the world. I always feel like I'm the only person that loves propellers so much. But you have proven me wrong. There are lots of people all over the world that love propellers too. Below are the stats as of 10/13/17. They are very typical of the project from it's inception. Although, not shown in this visitor map, people from Alaska, Brazil, and South America also visit the site from time to time.
I love that PROP_DESIGN can not only be used to design the most efficient propellers, and find out details of existing designs, but it can be used to show that everyone has common interests. In a time where everyone is so divided, PROP_DESIGN helps show we all have some things in common. I also hope by giving so much freely, it will encourage others to do the same. Everyone should try to make the world a better place and hopefully PROP_DESIGN is doing that in a small way.
PROP_DESIGN was previously available at:
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.
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:
I contributed to the success of many notable products, some of which include the:
I also contributed to the success of some notable services:
My involvement with these products and services included:
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.