I am calculating the area of a circle (radius r) inscribed over a cylindrical surface (radius R).

Projection of circle or radius r on cylinder of radius R.

How do I solve the following integral?


  • $\begingroup$ Start with integration by parts. $\endgroup$ – Mhenni Benghorbal Jan 26 '14 at 7:05
  • $\begingroup$ I have the bad feeling that this would lead to some elliptic integrals. $\endgroup$ – Claude Leibovici Jan 26 '14 at 7:16
  • $\begingroup$ Something is wrong in your formula. Are you sure this is $R^2$ and not $R$ in the denominator ? A dimensional analysis shows also that your integral is a length, not an area. $\endgroup$ – Tom-Tom Feb 28 '14 at 9:23

Here is an approach. Recalling the power series of $\arcsin x$, we have

$$ I = \sum _{k=0}^{\infty }{\frac { \left( 2\,k \right) !\,{4}^{-k}}{ \left( k! \right) ^{2} \left( 2\,k+1 \right) }} \int_{0}^{r}( r^2-x^2 )^{(2k+1)/2} \,dx .$$

Now, use the substitution $u=x/r$ and use the beta function to evaluate the integral, then resum the resulting series which will give you the answer in terms of Elliptic integrals

$$ \frac{r^2}{R^2} K\left( {\frac {r}{{R}^{2}}} \right) -{R }^{2}{K} \left( {\frac {r}{{R}^{2}}} \right) +{R}^{2}{E} \left( {\frac {r}{{R}^{2}}} \right) .$$

You can use computer algebra systems to sum the resulting series.

Note: Double check my calculations.

  • $\begingroup$ i am not from mathematical background. even never heard of 'Elliptic integrals'!!! seems i need to lot of study. thanks a lot to all. $\endgroup$ – user123910 Jan 26 '14 at 9:31
  • $\begingroup$ @user123910: This is not an elementary integral, so do not expect to have a closed form in terms of ordinary functions. $\endgroup$ – Mhenni Benghorbal Jan 26 '14 at 20:57

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