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Algorithms and Methods for Discrete Surface Repair

McLaurin, D., Marcum, D., Remotigue, M., & Blades, E. L. (2010). Algorithms and Methods for Discrete Surface Repair. Starkville, MS; Mississippi State University: Mississippi State University.

Computational analysis and design has become a fundamental part of product research, development, and manufacture in aerospace, automotive, and other industries. In general the success of the specific application depends heavily on the accuracy and consistency of the computational model used. The aim of this work is to reduce the time needed to prepare geometry for mesh generation. This will be accomplished by developing tools that semi-automatically repair discrete data. Providing a level of automation to the process of repairing large, complex problems in discrete data will significantly accelerate the grid generation process. The developed algorithms are meant to offer semi-automated solutions to complicated geometrical problems--specifically discrete mesh intersections and isolated boundaries. The intersection-repair strategy presented here focuses on repairing the intersection in-place as opposed to re-discretizing the intersecting geometries. Combining robust, efficient methods of detecting intersections and then repairing intersecting geometries in-place produces a significant improvement over techniques used in current literature. The result of this intersection process is a non-manifold, non-intersecting geometry that is free of duplicate and degenerate geometry. Results are presented showing the accuracy and consistency of the intersection repair tool. Isolated boundaries are a type of gap that current research does not address directly. They are defined by discrete boundary edges that are unable to be paired with nearby discrete boundary edges in order to fill the existing gap. In this research the method of repair seeks to fill the gap by extruding the isolated boundary along a defined vector so that it is topologically adjacent to a nearby surface. The outcome of the repair process is that the isolated boundaries no longer exist because the gap has been filled. Results are presented showing the precision of the edge projection and the advantage of edge splitting in the repair of isolated boundaries.