# Ball in cone issue

by MechEgr
Tags: ball, cone, issue
 P: 12 Guys, I have a problem I'm trying to solve for work (we're trying to inspect a hole, and I'm trying to determine its angle using a gage pin and a ball bearing). An image of the problem is attached. The known dimensions which we can measure are shown in black, and I am trying to solve for the angle, X. I can get a value for X by plugging this into my CAD software, but I need to know how to solve for X using hand calculations so that the machinists can do it during production. The value for X should come out to be approximately 22 degrees. The four known dimensions, as shown, are D, H, T, and R. The part is symmetrical, and the sides of the partial cone are tangent to the circle. Attached Thumbnails
 P: 534 I'll give it a try... Radius of the ball r=2.375 Cone height h= from the apex of angle X to the top of the ball. tan(x) = R/(h-(H+T)) tan(x) = 1.5/(h-5) and tan(x) = r/(h-r) tan(x) = 2.375/(h-2.375) So, two equations in one variable, h h=9.5 1.5/(9.5-5)=1.5/4.5=0.333... 2.375/(9.5-2.375)=2.375/7.125=0.333... tan(18.5) is about 0.333
 P: 12 Thanks for the reply!
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Ball in cone issue

 Quote by bahamagreen tan(x) = r/(h-r)
Why? The point where circle and the tilted surface meet (what your denominator should be) is closer to the apex than the center of the ball (your denominator here).

You need the sine:

sin(x) = r/(h-r)
Solve for h: ##h=r+\frac{r}{\sin(x)}##
Plug this into tan(x) = R/(h-(H+T)):

$$\left(r+\frac{r}{\sin(x)}-(H+T)\right) tan(x) = R$$
Simplify:
$$r+(r-H-T)\sin(x)= R\cos(x)$$

Substitute ##\cos(x)=\sqrt{1-\sin^2(x)}##, square and you get a quadratic equation in sin(x) which you can solve with the usual formula.
 P: 534 Yeah, I was using the horizontal r but it is the angled r (at right angle to the cone slant) that is the correct one.

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