Pipes, length and numbers
Hello! Since I don't really know the solution of this problem this might be posted in the wrong forum, sorry if that's the case.
My problem is this; I have pipes in different lengths, let's say 2, 5 and 8 meters each. Now I am going to connect x pipes of each length so that I get a total length of 28 meters. I want to do this in a way that I get minimum overhead, second I want to use as many long pipes as possible.
The answer of my example is easy to calculate "in head", 3*8 and 2*2 pipes, but if there are 9 different pipe lengths and a total length of 155337 meters?
Can someone please help with an algoritm that I can use to calculate different pipes and lengths and an easy-to-understand explanation how it works? Thanks in advance!