Upper bounds on packing density for circular cylinders with high aspect ratio

Authors: Wöden Kusner
Journal: Discrete & Computational Geometry, 524964-978, 2014.
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In the early 1990s, A. Bezdek and W. Kuperberg used a relatively simple argument to show a surprising result: The maximum packing density of circular cylinders of infinite length in $\mathbb{R}^3$ is exactly $\pi/\sqrt{12}$, the planar packing density of the circle. This paper modifies their method to prove a bound on the packing density of finite length circular cylinders. In fact, the maximum packing density for unit radius cylinders of length $t$ in $\mathbb{R}^3$ is bounded above by $\pi/\sqrt{12} + 10/t$.

Comments and Corrigenda:

  • Section 1.4, paragraph 1: The only existing bounds for circular cylinders and capped cylinders of finite length are …

  • Section 1.4 paragraph 2: … both very close to where the bounds of Fejes Tóth and Kuperberg flattens out.

  • Figure 3 displays the incorrect conjectured lower bound. It should appear as

    Figure 3

  • Section 3, paragraph 2: Define the Dirichlet slice $d_x$ to be the set …

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