Dense packings of spheres in cylinders: Simulations

A. Mughal*, H. K. Chan, D. Weaire, S. Hutzler

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Abstract

We study the optimal packing of hard spheres in an infinitely long cylinder, using simulated annealing, and compare our results with the analogous problem of packing disks on the unrolled surface of a cylinder. The densest structures are described and tabulated in detail up to D/d = 2.873 (ratio of cylinder and sphere diameters). This extends previous computations into the range of structures which include internal spheres that are not in contact with the cylinder.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberARTN 051305
Number of pages17
JournalPhysical Review E
Volume85
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 May 2012

Keywords

  • FABRICATION
  • BUBBLES
  • FOAMS

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