Constructing Invariant Fairness Measures for Surfaces

  • Jens Gravesen
  • Michael Ungstrup


The paper proposes a rational method to derive fairness measures for surfaces. It works in cases where isophotes, reflection lines, planar intersection curves, or other curves are used to judge the fairness of the surface. The surface fairness measure is derived by demanding that all the given curves should be fair with respect to an appropriate curve fairness measure. The method is applied to the field of ship hull design where the curves are plane intersections. The method is extended to the case where one considers, not the fairness of one curve, but the fairness of a one parameter family of curves. Six basic third order invariants by which the fairing measures can be expressed are defined. Furthermore, the geometry of a plane intersection curve is studied, and the variation of the total, the normal, and the geodesic curvature and the geodesic torsion is determined.

fairing invariants fairness measure surface design plane intersection 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jens Gravesen
    • 1
  • Michael Ungstrup
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsTechnical University of DenmarkKgs. LyngbyDenmark
  2. 2.Odense Steel Shipyard, Ltd.Odense CDenmark

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