







A pattern for a truncated cone 
20131220 

From Josh: I need to know how to layout a truncated cone with a base diameter of 18" a top
Diameter 15.25 and a height of 20". Your help will be greatly appreciated. Answered by Penny Nom with a spreadsheet by Don. 





Pattern for a truncated cone 
20070511 

From Mike: I have been trying to get this cone flat so I can build this column. Can you please help me so I can figure this out? Thanks for your help. Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





The diameter of the top of a truncated cone 
20160124 

From Peter: I am trying to calculate the diameter of a truncated cone given
one diameter the height of the cone and a 10% taper from one end
to the other. For example a butter churn is 18" tall and 9" in
diameter at the base. the sides need to slope inward at 10%
What is the diameter at 9" and 18" Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of a truncated cone 
20151204 

From Jack: I need to build a truncated cone that has a top of30 inches and a base of 64 inches . The sides need to be at a 64.5 degree angle. This will determine the height. Can this be calculated? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A label to cover a plastic cup 
20121023 

From Kevin: I'm trying to make a label to cover the entire outer area or a plastic cup. I know there must be a way to figure out the dimensions needed, but I can't seem to figure it out. The circumference of the bottom of the cup is 21.4cm and the circumference at the top of the cup is 29.8cm. The cup is 14.5cm tall. What should the height of the arc from the plane connecting the two ends of the 21.4cm arc. I attached a diagram where x is the value I'm looking for. I'm guessing there is some simple relationship between the length of a line and the arc needed to turn that line into a perfect circle, but I don't know what it is. Can you figure this out and share it with me? Thanks.
Kevin Answered by Penny Nom. 





Making a wind sock 
20120828 

From John: I am trying to build a wind sock and need to be able to lay the shape
out on cloth. I need the wind sock front opening (diameter) to be
3 1/2" and the rear opening diameter to be 1". The windsock needs
to be 9 1/2" long. I tried using the example of the person trying to
make a crayfish trap but got confused and could not figure out my
numbers. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks
John Answered by Penny Nom. 





A truncated cone: the central angle 
20120717 

From Tom: I have researched several sites, including this one and am fairly confident I can do the calculations required to produce the two radii and the slant height for a truncated cone.
I a somewhat confused by the central angle. Some sites indicate that it should never exceed 180 degrees while others do not. Different examples on your site seem to use this in two different ways in constructing a truncated cone.
Sometimes the angle seems to indicate the section to be removed, while in other examples the angle seems to indicate the section to be saved. Since the two angles will always total 360 I am confused about how to use the info to
calculate the minimum rectangle required to contain the pattern. I'm guessing that in some cases I may need to use the chord or sagitta to determine the desired height and width of the material. Any help is greatly appreciated.
Thank you.
Tom Answered by Penny Nom. 





A lamp shade 
20120515 

From Fleur: I am helping my child make a cone lampshade, the measurements are as follows in "cm's"
21 cm = height
8 cm = top diametre
40 cm = bottom diametre
Please could you give the pattern (cut out) dimensions for final cut. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A water tank is in the shape of a truncated cone 
20120308 

From Victoria: Suppose you have a water tank in the shape of a truncated cone. The larger diameter is K, the smaller diameter is K/2, and the height is also K (all measured in meters). The force of gravity on an object of mass, m, is F=9.8m (measured in Newtons). The density of the water is 1000 kilograms per cubic meter. What is the volume of the tank and how much mass will the tank have when it is full? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The volume of a flower pot 
20110407 

From kp: I have 2 flower pots with the following dimensions that I am trying to calculate the
volume of Soil I will need to fill them. pot #1 29"tall, top of pot 31.5 inches across( radius of 15.5") the bottom of the pot is 21"across (radius 10.5)
Pot #2 29"tall, top of pot 26 across (radius 13") the bottom of the pot 17'"a cross (radius 8.5")
thank you
KP Answered by Penny Nom. 





Making a truncated cone 
20110218 

From lisa: We need to make a cone that has the following dimensions.
143/8" diameter on large end
133/8" diameter on small end
4" tall
What are the dimensions I need to cut in order to make a cone with one seam? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Calibrating a conical tank 
20110205 

From Bill: Hi, I have a round tank with tapered sides where I know the diameter at the top and bottom. Is there a formula I can use to calculate the volume by measuring from the bottom up the side (at the angle of the side) to any given point? Thanks, Bill Answered by Stephen La Rocque and Penny Nom. 





A truncated cone 
20101231 

From jagjeet: dear suppose i have cone of 50cm radius at base and 100cm radius at top at a height of 80cm. now keeping base radius of 50cm and height of 80cm i want to increase top radius to 150cm how will i do that. plz height m talking abt is vertical height not slant height Answered by Penny Nom. 





Volume of a styrofoam cup 
20100623 

From Stacy: how do you find the volume of a truncated cup with height of 3, top diameter of 2.5, and a bottom diameter of 2 Answered by Penny Nom. 





More on a truncated cone 
20100528 

From Mike:
Question from Mike, a parent:
I was reviewing this question and answer:
http://mathcentral.uregina.ca/QQ/database/QQ.02.06/phil1.html
But I have trouble with this part:
Now if we express the radius of the inside circle as r and the outside circle's radius is R, then this means r/R is 911/1728. But earlier we said that the outside radius R is simply w more than the inside radius r, so R = r + 282. That means that r/R = r/(r + 282). Now we can simply solve the equation for r:
r/(r+282) = 911/1728
This means r = 314 mm (with rounding).
Can I get more detail on the method to solve for r?
Thank you,
Mike Answered by Penny Nom. 





A 3D cardboard cupcake 
20100130 

From Margaret: Hi,
I'm an art student and I'm attempting to build a 3D cupcake out of cardboard.
I want it to have a circular base of 8.5 inches and sides that are 7'' tall and slope outward so the top of the base is 29'.
The top with the frosting would be a detachable lid made from a cone with a base circumfrance of 29".
My problem is how to cut the side so they will slope out, I'm pretty sure there needs to be a curve, however I don't how to calculate the degree of it.
Ideally I want the sides to be a single piece of cardboard.
I also don't know how to calculate the arc needed to make a cone who's circular base's circumfrence is 29''.
Thanks,
Margaret Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





A truncated cone 
20091111 

From Lucian: I need to calculate the bottom inside diameter of a truncated cone.
The top insdie diameter is 1450mm.
The material is 6mm thick
The cone angle is 20 degrees
The slant length is 152mm
I would like a formula so that I can build a spread sheet Answered by Penny Nom. 





The volume of a telephone pole 
20090811 

From robert: 12.5"@ base x 7" @ top and 40' height. How would I find the volume in cubic feet for a telephone pole with these dimensions? Answered by Harley Weston. 





A cone with the top cut off 
20090802 

From Paul: I am making a cone with a diameter of 1300, a base of 500, a side length
800. I need to workout so I can draw it out flat, cut it out, and make into
a cone. Answered by Harley Weston. 





The dimensions of a larger cup 
20090523 

From Elizabeth: Hey
If i have a cup that holds a volume of 477mL and the bottom radius is 2.8cm and the top radius is 4.9cm and the height is 10cm. If i increase the volume by one and a half times what is the new measurements if the cup is directly proportional to the first one.
Thank you Answered by Stephen La Rocque and Penny Nom. 





12 oz. cup 
20090419 

From Tom: I am a ceramic teacher and wanted my students to make a 12 oz. cup, what formula should we use? Answered by Chris Fisher. 





The volume of a cyclone 
20081113 

From Dianna: I need to figure the cubic yards of a cyclone. 144" down to 48" 60" high Answered by Penny Nom. 





A cardboard spaceship 
20080831 

From Lee: I am building a "cardboard" spaceship for my 4 year old grandson.
The cabin is a dishwasher box with a cool control panel and elipse shaped
windows.
I really need help designing the cone or"nosecone".
The diameter of the base is 26", 24" tall, with a 6" diameter opening
at the top.
Thank you for the help!
Lee Answered by Penny Nom. 





A truncated cone 
20080411 

From jason: i need to know how to figure the cubic feet of a cone that the top is 72" wide the bottom is 25" wide and it is 48" tall.
is there a specific formula for this? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Stanley Cup costume (truncated cone pattern) 
20071019 

From Janet: You hockey fans will love this question. I am making a Stanley Cup halloween costume and need a flat pattern for the bowl portion. I believe a truncated cone will work nicely. Base circumference needs to be 32" (10.19 diameter). Top circumference needs to be 44" (14 diameter). It needs to be 8" high. Thanks for your help. Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Solving an equation with fractions 
20070920 

From Len: I am having a brain cramp or maybe I just forgot some basic math,
but I am having trouble solving for "r" in your truncated cone example
where r/(r+w)=r/R or r/(r+282)=911/1728. Could you refresh my memory
by showing the steps to solve for "r"? Answered by Harley Weston. 





A truncated cone 
20070824 

From JUAN: i need to create a template for a cone that has a 4 " opening at top, a 14" base and 12" tall.Can u tell me how to achieve this ?
u have similar problems but when i try to do it , is not coming up right , please help.. Answered by Harley Weston. 





A truncated cone 
20070310 

From Russell: Hello, I have attempted to use two of your answers already given and had no real success. This young lady is making a cat food dispenser using a truncated cone. The top of the cone as a diameter of 5 inches with a height of 6 1/2 inches and diameter of 3 inches for the bottom.
Could you please map out a solution for the both of us to understand? Thank you so much for your time and for this wonderful service.
Russell Answered by Penny Nom. 





The volume of a styrofoam cup 
20070308 

From leanna: find the volume of a styrofoam cup if the diameter of the top is three inches, the diameter of the base is 2 inches, and the height is 4 inches. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A metal shroud for a outdoor fireplace 
20070306 

From Arnold: I am making a metal shroud for a outdoor fireplace, it is basically a lampshade type pattern,like the bottom of a cone.The top has to be 6 inches to fit the 6 inch stovepipe,and the bottom will be a 24 inch circle. the sides will be 18 inches in length.With the cost of the sheet metal,I can only afford to cut this out once,can you help me with the pattern ? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Motorcycle expansion chamber design 
20061114 

From David: I'm interested in calculating cone information regarding motorcycle expansion chamber design for example. I guess it's called a truncated cone, from what I've read so far. If I know the center line height, small radius, and large radius of a truncated cone then, how can I calculate the angle (included angle?) the cone forms? I'd like to know the variations of the formula so I can calculate for angle, or length, or one of the diameters if I know the other two measurements. Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Constructing a cone 
20060920 

From Suresh: i want to know the required size of plate for cone rolling,sizes are 2950mm is bottom dia,894 is top dia and 600 is height.I have already read u r answers but i little bit confused ,harely and sue have given useful answers but when i worked both method the required plate size is different. so i like to know which method is easy and correct.and also i like know whether it can be rolled without segment my rolling machine width is 1500. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A truncated cone 
20060528 

From Phil: Hi, I am an art student and I am trying to make a "truncated cone" (ie: a cone with the top cut off) out of sheet metal. I need to design a template first and am having problems working out the angles. The truncated cone is 250mm high, 550mm wide at the bottom and 290mm wide at the top. Can you help? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





A lampshade shape 
20060211 

From Rose: Is there a solid shaped like a lampshade? Or do you just call it the bottom portion of a cone? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A pattern for a truncated cone 
20051204 

From Nick: I need to make a large cone segment. The large end has ID of 57 inches and the small end has ID of 23 inches. The cone is essentially a 45 degree cone (90 degrees at the tip). The sides of the segment are 2 feet long. How do I lay out a flat pattern that will fold into this segment? I need to know radius 1 and radius 2 and the angle the piece must be. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A truncated cone 
20051203 

From Sonny: I need to create a template for a cone that has a 2" opening at the top, a
4" base and stands 6" tall. Can you tell me how to achieve this? Answered by Penny Nom. 

