# Solid of revolution

In mathematics, engineering, and manufacturing, a **solid of revolution** is a solid figure obtained by rotating a plane curve around some straight line (the *axis of revolution*) that lies on the same plane.

Assuming that the curve does not cross the axis, the solid's volume is equal to the length of the circle described by the figure's centroid multiplied by the figure's area (Pappus's second centroid Theorem).

A **representative disc** is a three-dimensional volume element of a solid of revolution. The element is created by rotating a line segment (of length w) around some axis (located r units away), so that a cylindrical volume of π*r*^{2}*w* units is enclosed.

## Finding the volume

Two common methods for finding the volume of a solid of revolution are the disc method and the shell method of integration. To apply these methods, it is easiest to draw the graph in question; identify the area that is to be revolved about the axis of revolution; determine the volume of either a disc-shaped slice of the solid, with thickness δx, or a cylindrical shell of width δx; and then find the limiting sum of these volumes as δx approaches 0, a value which may be found by evaluating a suitable integral.

### Disc method

The disc method is used when the slice that was drawn is *perpendicular to* the axis of revolution; i.e. when integrating *parallel to* the axis of revolution.

The volume of the solid formed by rotating the area between the curves of *f*(*x*) and *g*(*x*) and the lines *x* = *a* and *x* = *b* about the x-axis is given by

If *g*(*x*) = 0 (e.g. revolving an area between the curve and the x-axis), this reduces to:

The method can be visualized by considering a thin horizontal rectangle at y between *f*(*y*) on top and *g*(*y*) on the bottom, and revolving it about the y-axis; it forms a ring (or disc in the case that *g*(*y*) = 0), with outer radius *f*(*y*) and inner radius *g*(*y*). The area of a ring is π(*R*^{2} − *r*^{2}), where R is the outer radius (in this case *f*(*y*)), and r is the inner radius (in this case *g*(*y*)). The volume of each infinitesimal disc is therefore π*f*(*y*)^{2} *dy*. The limit of the Riemann sum of the volumes of the discs between a and b becomes integral (1).

### Cylinder method

The cylinder method is used when the slice that was drawn is *parallel to* the axis of revolution; i.e. when integrating *perpendicular to* the axis of revolution.

The volume of the solid formed by rotating the area between the curves of *f*(*x*) and *g*(*x*) and the lines *x* = *a* and *x* = *b* about the y-axis is given by

If *g*(*x*) = 0 (e.g. revolving an area between curve and y-axis), this reduces to:

The method can be visualized by considering a thin vertical rectangle at x with height *f*(*x*) − *g*(*x*), and revolving it about the y-axis; it forms a cylindrical shell. The lateral surface area of a cylinder is 2π*rh*, where r is the radius (in this case x), and h is the height (in this case *f*(*x*) − *g*(*x*)). Summing up all of the surface areas along the interval gives the total volume.

## Parametric form

When a curve is defined by its parametric form (*x*(*t*),*y*(*t*)) in some interval [*a*,*b*], the volumes of the solids generated by revolving the curve around the x-axis or the y-axis are given by[1]

Under the same circumstances the areas of the surfaces of the solids generated by revolving the curve around the x-axis or the y-axis are given by[2]

## See also

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## Notes

- Sharma, A. K. (2005).
*Application Of Integral Calculus*. Discovery Publishing House. p. 168. ISBN 81-7141-967-4. - Singh, Ravish R. (1993).
*Engineering Mathematics*(6th ed.). Tata McGraw-Hill. p. 6.90. ISBN 0-07-014615-2.

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