# How to draw vertical spiral using TiKZ?

I want to draw the following diagram : I have tried to draw the diagram using the following command :

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{tikz}
\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}
\draw[dotted] (-4,-3) grid (4,7);
\draw[thick] (0,0) ellipse (2cm and 0.5cm);
\draw[thick,->] (0,1) to [in=1, out=1](2,1.5)--(-2,2)--(2,2.5)--(-2,3)--(2,3.5)--(0,4);
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document}


This yields : But it does not give the actual diagram which I want. How can I draw the required diagram using TiKZ?

• Search the site for spiral or coil Oct 2, 2014 at 12:14

Only new thing is the use of bending library to have bent arrow head.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usetikzlibrary{decorations.pathmorphing}
\usetikzlibrary{decorations.markings}
\usetikzlibrary{arrows.meta,bending}
\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}
\draw[dotted] (-4,-3) grid (4,7);
\draw[thick] (0,0) ellipse (2cm and 0.5cm);
\draw[thick,decoration={aspect=0.31, segment length=7mm,
amplitude=2cm,coil},decorate,arrows = {<[bend]-}] (0,4) --(0,1);
\node[draw,fill=white,circle,inner sep=1pt] at (0,1){};
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document} An easy way to plot a spiral is to use parametric equations, i.e.,

t = [0..2*n*pi]
x = sin(t)
y = cos(t)
z = t


Very naively speaking, in this form, n indicated the number of spiral rounds and x,y coordinate is actually a circle. By providing some coefficient to the equation one can make conical spirals or generate clockwise/counter-clockwise spirals. I will leave the study of math to you. Here is a basic starting point that you can modify it meet your requirements.

\documentclass{standalone}
\usepackage{pgfplots}
\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}
\begin{axis} [
view={0}{30},
axis lines=none,
ymin=-2,
ymax=5,
xmin=-2,
xmax=2]

\addplot3 [thick, ->, blue, domain=3:7*pi, samples = 100, samples y=0] ({sin(deg(-x))}, {cos(deg(-x))}, {x});
\addplot3 [thick, red , domain=0:2*pi, samples = 100, samples y=0] ({sin(deg(x))}, {cos(deg(x))}, -3);
\addplot3 [thick, only marks, blue, mark=o] ({sin(deg(-3))}, {cos(deg(-3)}, {3});
\end{axis}
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document} By playing around the gains, parameters and the axis view, you can generate what you want.