# NoseCone Class#

class rocketpy.NoseCone[source]#

Keeps nose cone information.

Note

The local coordinate system has the origin at the tip of the nose cone and the Z axis along the longitudinal axis of symmetry, positive downwards (top -> bottom).

Variables:
• NoseCone.length (`float`) – Nose cone length. Has units of length and must be given in meters.

• NoseCone.kind (`string`) – Nose cone kind. Can be “conical”, “ogive”, “elliptical”, “tangent”, “von karman”, “parabolic” or “lvhaack”.

• NoseCone.bluffness (`float`) – Ratio between the radius of the circle on the tip of the ogive and the radius of the base of the ogive. Currently only used for the nose cone’s drawing. Must be between 0 and 1. Default is None, which means that the nose cone will not have a sphere on the tip. If a value is given, the nose cone’s length will be slightly reduced because of the addition of the sphere.

• NoseCone.rocket_radius (`float`) – The reference rocket radius used for lift coefficient normalization, in meters.

• NoseCone.base_radius (`float`) – Nose cone base radius. Has units of length and must be given in meters.

• NoseCone.radius_ratio (`float`) – Ratio between the nose cone base radius and the rocket radius. Has no units. If base radius is not given, the ratio between base radius and rocket radius is assumed as 1, meaning that the nose cone has the same radius as the rocket. If base radius is given, the ratio between base radius and rocket radius is calculated and used for lift calculation.

• NoseCone.name (`string`) – Nose cone name. Has no impact in simulation, as it is only used to display data in a more organized matter.

• NoseCone.cp (`tuple`) – Tuple with the x, y and z local coordinates of the nose cone center of pressure. Has units of length and is given in meters.

• NoseCone.cpx (`float`) – Nose cone local center of pressure x coordinate. Has units of length and is given in meters.

• NoseCone.cpy (`float`) – Nose cone local center of pressure y coordinate. Has units of length and is given in meters.

• NoseCone.cpz (`float`) – Nose cone local center of pressure z coordinate. Has units of length and is given in meters.

• NoseCone.cl (`Function`) – Function which defines the lift coefficient as a function of the angle of attack and the Mach number. Takes as input the angle of attack in radians and the Mach number. Returns the lift coefficient.

• NoseCone.clalpha (`float`) – Lift coefficient slope. Has units of 1/rad.

• NoseCone.plots (`plots.aero_surface_plots._NoseConePlots`) – This contains all the plots methods. Use help(NoseCone.plots) to know more about it.

• NoseCone.prints (`prints.aero_surface_prints._NoseConePrints`) – This contains all the prints methods. Use help(NoseCone.prints) to know more about it.

Initializes the nose cone. It is used to define the nose cone length, kind, center of pressure and lift coefficient curve.

Parameters:
• length (`float`) – Nose cone length. Has units of length and must be given in meters.

• kind (`string`) – Nose cone kind. Can be “conical”, “ogive”, “elliptical”, “tangent”, “von karman”, “parabolic” or “lvhaack”.

• base_radius (`float`, optional) – Nose cone base radius. Has units of length and must be given in meters. If not given, the ratio between `base_radius` and `rocket_radius` will be assumed as 1.

• bluffness (`float`, optional) – Ratio between the radius of the circle on the tip of the ogive and the radius of the base of the ogive. Currently only used for the nose cone’s drawing. Must be between 0 and 1. Default is None, which means that the nose cone will not have a sphere on the tip. If a value is given, the nose cone’s length will be reduced to account for the addition of the sphere at the tip.

• rocket_radius (`int`, `float`, optional) – The reference rocket radius used for lift coefficient normalization. If not given, the ratio between `base_radius` and `rocket_radius` will be assumed as 1.

• name (`str`, optional) – Nose cone name. Has no impact in simulation, as it is only used to display data in a more organized matter.

Return type:

`None`

evaluate_geometrical_parameters()[source]#

Calculates and saves nose cone’s radius ratio.

Return type:

`None`

evaluate_nose_shape()[source]#

Calculates and saves nose cone’s shape as lists and reavulates the nose cone’s length for a given bluffness ratio. The shape is saved as two vectors, one for the x coordinates and one for the y coordinates.

Return type:

`None`

evaluate_lift_coefficient()[source]#

Calculates and returns nose cone’s lift coefficient. The lift coefficient is saved and returned. This function also calculates and saves its lift coefficient derivative.

Return type:

`None`

evaluate_center_of_pressure()[source]#

Calculates and returns the center of pressure of the nose cone in local coordinates. The center of pressure position is saved and stored as a tuple. Local coordinate origin is found at the tip of the nose cone.

Returns:

self.cp – Tuple containing cpx, cpy, cpz.

Return type:

`tuple`

draw()[source]#

Draw the fin shape along with some important information, including the center line, the quarter line and the center of pressure position.

Return type:

`None`

info()[source]#

Prints and plots summarized information of the nose cone.

Return type:

`None`

all_info()[source]#

Prints and plots all the available information of the nose cone.

Return type:

`None`