RESEARCH PAPERS: Design Automation

Design and Tessellation of B-Spline Developable Surfaces

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T. Maekawa, J. Chalfant

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Ocean Engineering, Design Laboratory, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307

J. Mech. Des 120(3), 453-461 (Sep 01, 1998) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2829173 History: Received June 01, 1997; Revised April 01, 1998; Online December 11, 2007


Developable surfaces are widely used in various engineering applications. However, little attention has been paid to implementing developable surfaces from the onset of a design. The first half of the paper describes a user friendly method of designing developable surfaces in terms of a B-Spline representation whose two directrices lie on parallel planes. The second half of the paper investigates a new method for development and tessellation of such B-Spline developable surfaces, which is necessary for plate cutting and finite element analysis.

Copyright © 1998 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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