Triangular cupola

Triangular cupola
Type Johnson
J2 - J3 - J4
Faces 1+3 triangles
3 squares
1 hexagon
Edges 15
Vertices 9
Vertex configuration 6(3.4.6)
3(3.4.3.4)
Symmetry group C3v
Dual polyhedron -
Properties convex
Net

In geometry, the triangular cupola is one of the Johnson solids (J3). It can be seen as half a cuboctahedron.

A Johnson solid is one of 92 strictly convex polyhedra that have regular faces but are not uniform (that is, they are not Platonic solids, Archimedean solids, prisms or antiprisms). They were named by Norman Johnson, who first listed these polyhedra in 1966.[1]

Formulae

The following formulae for the volume and surface area can be used if all faces are regular, with edge length a:[2]

${\displaystyle V=\left({\frac {5}{3{\sqrt {2}}}}\right)a^{3}\approx 1.17851...a^{3}}$

${\displaystyle A=\left(3+{\frac {5{\sqrt {3}}}{2}}\right)a^{2}\approx 7.33013...a^{2}}$

Dual polyhedron

The dual of the triangular cupola has 6 triangular and 3 kite faces:

Dual triangular cupola Net of dual

Related polyhedra and honeycombs

The triangular cupola can be augmented by 3 square pyramids, leaving adjacent coplanar faces. This isn't a Johnson solid because of its coplanar faces. Merging those coplanar triangles into larger ones, topologically this is another triangular cupola with isosceles trapezoidal side faces. If all the triangles are retained and the base hexagon is replaced by 6 triangles, it generates a coplanar deltahedron with 22 faces.

The triangular cupola can form a tessellation of space with square pyramids and/or octahedra,[3] the same way octahedra and cuboctahedra can fill space.

The family of cupolae with regular polygons exists up to n=5 (pentagons), and higher if isosceles triangles are used in the cupolae.

Family of convex cupolae
n 2 3 4 5 6
Name {2} || t{2} {3} || t{3} {4} || t{4} {5} || t{5} {6} || t{6}
Cupola
Digonal cupola

Triangular cupola

Square cupola

Pentagonal cupola

Hexagonal cupola
(Flat)
Related
uniform
polyhedra
Triangular prism
Cubocta-
hedron

Rhombi-
cubocta-
hedron

Rhomb-
icosidodeca-
hedron

Rhombi-
trihexagonal
tiling