Sign up ×
MathOverflow is a question and answer site for professional mathematicians. It's 100% free, no registration required.

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

share|cite|improve this question
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

1 Answer 1

up vote 1 down vote accepted

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)


share|cite|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.