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PB-Spline Hybrid Surface Fitting Technique

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Antonio Carminelli, Giuseppe Catania

University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy

Paper No. DETC2009-87195, pp. 205-211; 7 pages
  • ASME 2009 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 1: 22nd Biennial Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise, Parts A and B
  • San Diego, California, USA, August 30–September 2, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4898-2 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3856-3
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


This work considers the fitting of data points organized in a rectangular array to parametric spline surfaces. Point Based (PB) splines, a generalization of tensor product splines, are adopted. The basic idea of this paper is to fit large scale data with a tensorial B-spline surface and to refine the surface until a specified tolerance is met. Since some isolated domains exceeding tolerance may result, detail features on these domains are modeled by a tensorial B-spline basis with a finer resolution, superimposed by employing the PB-spline approach. The present method leads to an efficient model of free form surfaces, since both large scale data and local geometrical details can be efficiently fitted. Two application examples are presented. The first one concerns the fitting of a set of data points sampled from an interior car trim with a central geometrical detail. The second one refers to the modification of the tensorial B-spline surface representation of a mould in order to create a local adjustment. Considerations regarding strengths and limits of the approach then follow.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME



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