Freeform surface models are conventionally used to model sheet metal components, such as automobile body parts. Finite element meshes generated automatically for such models have poor quality around small detailed features. Manual correction of the mesh is extremely tedious. An approach presently receiving attention in industry aims to alleviate this problem by automatically simplifying these features in the surface model such that an acceptable mesh is automatically generated. Simplification involves recognition of the feature and modification of its geometry or complete suppression of the feature. Since features such as holes, notches, etc. are punched after the basic shape has been formed, such a simplification will also help in the modelling of forming dies and molds. The ability to detect features will also allow part comparison and classification in surface models. This paper proposes techniques to directly query the CAD data structure to recognize and suppress two basic features, viz. holes and fillets in freeform surface models. It further demonstrates how these techniques can be extended to suppress compound features that are composed of a combination of basic features. Results of a software implementation for the same are discussed with suitable examples and the improvement in mesh quality is demonstrated.
Feature Simplification Techniques for Freeform Surface Models
Contributed by the Computer-Aided Product Development (CAPD) Committee for publication in the JOURNAL OF COMPUTING AND INFORMATION SCIENCE IN ENGINEERING. Manuscript received Dec. 2002; Revised Jun. 2003. Associate Editor: K. Lee.
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Joshi, N., and Dutta, D. (September 16, 2003). "Feature Simplification Techniques for Freeform Surface Models ." ASME. J. Comput. Inf. Sci. Eng. September 2003; 3(3): 177–186. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1603307
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