Design and tessellation of b-spline developable surfaces

T. Maekawa, J. Chalfant

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-461
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Mechanical Design, Transactions of the ASME
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Sept
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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