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, Volume 54, Issue 7, pp 1395–1406 | Cite as

Geometric construction of energy-minimizing Béezier curves

  • Gang XuEmail author
  • GuoZhao Wang
  • WenYu Chen
Research Papers


Modeling energy-minimizing curves have many applications and are a basic problem of Geometric Modeling. In this paper, we propose the method for geometric design of energy-minimizing Bézier curves. Firstly, the necessary and sufficient condition on the control points for Bézier curves to have minimal internal energy is derived. Based on this condition, we propose the geometric constructions of three kinds of Bézier curves with minimal internal energy including stretch energy, strain energy and jerk energy. Given some control points, the other control points can be determined as the linear combination of the given control points. We compare the three kinds of energy-minimizing Bézier curves via curvature combs and curvature plots, and present the collinear properties of quartic energy-minimizing Bézier curves. We also compare the proposed method with previous methods on efficiency and accuracy. Finally, several applications of the curve generation technique, such as curve interpolation with geometric constraints and modeling of circle-like curves are discussed.


curve design minimal energy geometric construction interpolation with constraints circle-like curves 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Graphics and ImageHangzhou Dianzi UniversityHangzhouChina
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsZhejiang UniversityHangzhouChina
  3. 3.School of Computer EngineeringNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore
  4. 4.GalaadINRIA Sophia-AntipolisSophia AntipolisFrance
  5. 5.State Key Lab of CAD & CGZhejiang UniversityHangzhouChina

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