A method is presented for generating a discrete piecewise constant Gaussian curvature (CGC) surface. An energy functional is first formulated so that its stationary point is the linear Weingarten (LW) surface, which has a property such that the weighted sum of mean and Gaussian curvatures is constant. The CGC surface is obtained using the gradient derived from the first variation of a special type of the energy functional of the LW surface and updating the surface shape based on the Gaussian curvature flow. A filtering method is incorporated to prevent oscillation and divergence due to unstable property of the discretized Gaussian curvature flow. Two techniques are proposed to generate a discrete piecewise CGC surface with preassigned internal boundaries. The step length of Gaussian curvature flow is adjusted by introducing a line search algorithm to minimize the energy functional. The effectiveness of the proposed method is demonstrated through numerical examples of generating various shapes of CGC surfaces.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Computer Science Applications
- Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering