Mapdl.con4(xcenter='', ycenter='', rad1='', rad2='', depth='', **kwargs)[source]#

Create a conical volume anywhere on the working plane.

APDL Command: CON4

Defines a solid conical volume with either the vertex or a face anywhere on the working plane. The cone must have a spatial volume greater than zero. (i.e., this volume primitive command cannot be used to create a degenerate volume as a means of creating an area.) The face or faces will be circular (each area defined with four lines), and they will be connected with two areas (each spanning 180 degrees). See the CONE command for an alternate way to create cones.

xcenter, ycenter

Working plane X and Y coordinates of the center axis of the cone.

rad1, rad2

Radii of the faces of the cone. RAD1 defines the bottom face and will be located on the working plane. RAD2 defines the top face and is parallel to the working plane. A value of zero or blank for either RAD1 or RAD2 defines a degenerate face at the center axis (i.e., the vertex of the cone). The same value for both RAD1 and RAD2 defines a cylinder instead of a cone.


The perpendicular distance (either positive or negative based on the working plane Z direction) from the working plane representing the depth of the cone. DEPTH cannot be zero.


Volume number of the cone.

Return type:



Create a cone with a bottom radius of 3 and a height of 10.

>>> vnum = mapdl.con4(rad1=3, rad2=0, depth=10)
>>> vnum