Proper use of a microphone with a nosecone is to aim the nosecone towards the air flow. The nosecone has an inner threading and is installed by replacing the protection grid with the nosecone.
When a microphone is placed in a laminar flow, turbulence is created which in turn results in unwanted pressure variations on the diaphragm. By installing a nosecone, the pressure variations, caused by the turbulence starting at the stagnation point, are moved as far away from the diaphragm as possible. Theoretically this supports a “longer-the-better design”, but in practice it is a compromise between practical size and obtaining a streamlined shape.
The design of our nosecones is based on requirements from the National Aeronautical Laboratory of the Netherlands (NLR), who investigated the classical sharp-tipped nosecone and concluded that with this design, the stagnation point is unpredictable i.e. the turbulence could emerge at any point on the surface and cause unwanted pressure variations, which could reach the diaphragm.
A new design with a blunt tip was developed. This forces a predictable stagnation point already at the tip. As this turned out to be a success and a great improvement compared to the classical design with a sharp tip, this is now specified in the NLR requirement TP 96320. The surface is high-gloss polished to further improve the aerodynamic performance.
If the turbulence reduction obtained by the nosecone is not sufficient or you have space restrictions, we suggest that you look for G.R.A.S. surface microphones and our new flush-mount microphone concept. These alternatives are also relevant if you experience flutter problems with microphones provided with nosecones.
If you need to make sound pressure measurements in a free-field with air coming from many different directions, we suggest you look for G.R.A.S. windscreens.
An aluminum version G.R.A.S. RA0020-A is available for use where weight is an issue.
Quality & Warranty
G.R.A.S. accessories are made of stainless steel, alloys and high-quality composites. These items are covered by a 2 year warranty respecting their intended use.
On wear products like cables and windscreens, we offer a 6 month warranty.