How to Calculate the Volume of a Cylinder in Ounces

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The cylinder is one of geometry's most basic forms -- essentially a series of circles stacked on top of each other. While geometric circles are two-dimensional (and thus have no "depth"), cylinder size in the physical world is calculated by assuming that each circle is one "unit" high. A measurement in fluid ounces is easy to calculate, requiring only one extra step beyond calculating volume in cubic inches.

    Measure the cylinder diameter in inches, then divide by two to derive the cylinder's radius. Multiply that radius by pi (3.141), and then multiply that figure by itself to get the volume of a circle 1 inch high.

    Multiply the volume of that circle by the cylinder's height in inches to get the cylinder's displacement in cubic inches.

    Multiply the displacement in cubic inches by 0.554 to convert it to fluid ounces.


    • As an example, we'll calculate the ounce displacement of a cylinder measuring 3 inches across and 6 inches high. We'll first divide the diameter (3) by two (equals 1.5), multiply by 3.141 (equals 4.7115), and multiply that by itself (equals 22.19).

      Next, we'll multiply 22.19 by the cylinder's height (6) to derive the displacement in cubic inches (133.14). That displacement in cubic inches multiplied by 0.554 gives us a displacement in fluid ounces of 73.75.


  • "Mechanical Engineers' Handbook"; Myer Kutz; 1998

About the Author

Richard Rowe has been writing professionally since 2007, specializing in automotive topics. He has worked as a tractor-trailer driver and mechanic, a rigger at a fire engine factory and as a race-car driver and builder. Rowe studied engineering, philosophy and American literature at Central Florida Community College.

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