# Optimal fitting of spheres in a cylinder

How to find the minimum height and width of a cylinder containing n identical spheres?

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I misjudged this question. As asked, it is trivial, but Joseph O'Rourke's answer indicates that there is an interesting question in the background. – Daniel Moskovich Feb 14 '13 at 14:35
See the literature on "the sausage conjecture". – Gerry Myerson Mar 17 at 22:35

Here is a recent (2012) paper whose references will lead you to the literature on this topic:

A. Mughal, H. K. Chan, D. Weaire, and S. Hutzler. "Dense packings of spheres in cylinders: Simulations" Phys. Rev. E 85, 051305 (2012). (journal link)

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Another recent reference for simulation is L. Fu, William Steinhardt, H. Zhao, J.E.S. Socolarb and P. Charbonneau "Hard sphere packings within cylinders" Soft Matter, 2016,12, 2505-2514 journal link – Paul Enta Mar 17 at 20:24