Deltoidal hexecontahedron

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Deltoidal hexecontahedron
Deltoidal hexecontahedron
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Type Catalan
Conway notation oD or deD
Coxeter diagram CDel node f1.pngCDel 5.pngCDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node f1.png
Face polygon DU27 facets.png
Faces 60
Edges 120
Vertices 62 = 12 + 20 + 30
Face configuration V3.4.5.4
Symmetry group Ih, H3, [5,3], (*532)
Rotation group I, [5,3]+, (532)
Dihedral angle 154° 7′ 17″
Properties convex, face-transitive
Small rhombicosidodecahedron.png
(dual polyhedron)
Deltoidal hexecontahedron net

In geometry, a deltoidal hexecontahedron (also sometimes called a trapezoidal hexecontahedron, a strombic hexecontahedron, or a tetragonal hexacontahedron[1]) is a Catalan solid which is the dual polyhedron of the rhombicosidodecahedron, an Archimedean solid. It is one of six Catalan solids to not have a Hamiltonian path among its vertices.[2]

It is topologically identical to the nonconvex rhombic hexecontahedron.

Lengths and angles[edit]

The 60 faces are deltoids or kites. The short and long edges of each kite are in the ratio 1:7 + 5/6 ≈ 1:1.539344663...

The angle between two short edges is 118.267°. The opposite angle, between long edges, is 67.783°. The other two angles, between a short and a long edge each, are both 86.974°.

The dihedral angle between all faces is 154.12°.


Topologically, the deltoidal hexecontahedron is identical to the nonconvex rhombic hexecontahedron. The deltoidal hexecontahedron can be derived from a dodecahedron (or icosahedron) by pushing the face centers, edge centers and vertices out to different radii from the body center. The radii are chosen so that the resulting shape has planar kite faces each such that vertices go to degree-3 corners, faces to degree-five corners, and edge centers to degree-four points.

Orthogonal projections[edit]

The deltoidal hexecontahedron has 3 symmetry positions located on the 3 types of vertices:

Orthogonal projections
[2] [2] [2] [2] [6] [10]
Image Dual dodecahedron t02 v.png Dual dodecahedron t02 e34.png Dual dodecahedron t02 e45.png Dual dodecahedron t02 f4.png Dual dodecahedron t02 A2.png Dual dodecahedron t02 H3.png
Dodecahedron t02 v.png Dodecahedron t02 e34.png Dodecahedron t02 e45.png Dodecahedron t02 f4.png Dodecahedron t02 A2.png Dodecahedron t02 H3.png


This figure from Perspectiva Corporum Regularium (1568) by Wenzel Jamnitzer can be seen as a deltoidal hexecontahedron.

The deltoidal hexecontahedron can be constructed from either the regular icosahedron or regular dodecahedron by adding verties mid-edge, and mid-face, and creating new edges from each edge center to the face centers. Conway polyhedron notation would give these as oI, and oD, ortho-icosahedron, and ortho-dodecahedron. These geometric variations exist as a continuum along one degree of freedom.

Deltoidal hexecontahedron on icosahedron dodecahedron.png

Related polyhedra and tilings[edit]

Spherical deltoidal hexecontahedron

When projected onto a sphere (see right), it can be seen that the edges make up the edges of an icosahedron and dodecahedron arranged in their dual positions.

This tiling is topologically related as a part of sequence of deltoidal polyhedra with face figure (V3.4.n.4), and continues as tilings of the hyperbolic plane. These face-transitive figures have (*n32) reflectional symmetry.

*n42 symmetry mutation of dual expanded tilings: V3.4.n.4
Spherical Euclid. Compact hyperb. Paraco.
Spherical trigonal bipyramid.png
Spherical rhombic dodecahedron.png
Spherical deltoidal icositetrahedron.png
Spherical deltoidal hexecontahedron.png
Tiling Dual Semiregular V3-4-6-4 Deltoidal Trihexagonal.svg
Deltoidal triheptagonal til.png
Deltoidal trioctagonal til.png
Deltoidal triapeirogonal til.png

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Conway, Symmetries of things, p.284-286
  2. ^
  • Williams, Robert (1979). The Geometrical Foundation of Natural Structure: A Source Book of Design. Dover Publications, Inc. ISBN 0-486-23729-X. (Section 3-9)
  • The Symmetries of Things 2008, John H. Conway, Heidi Burgiel, Chaim Goodman-Strass, ISBN 978-1-56881-220-5 [1] (Chapter 21, Naming the Archimedean and Catalan polyhedra and tilings, page 286, tetragonal hexecontahedron)

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