Moment of inertia tensor about y-axis of a cylinder.

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What must the ratio of height to radius of a cylinder be so that every axis
is a principal axis (with the CM as the origin)?

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Moment of inertia tensor.
I need I_yy = [itex]\sum m *(x^2 + z^2)[/itex]

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I calculated I_zz = MR^2 /12 . Now I change the principal axis to y-axis. I need to determine the moment of inertia tensor of it. Polar coordinates won't work. If I go for cartesian, I do not know the limits for the dx.
 

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You can perform the integral using cylindrical coordinates ##\vec{r} = (r\cos\theta, r\sin\theta, z)##.
 
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Also, the result for ##I_{zz}## is not correct. You should get a different factor than 12 in the denominator.
 

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