This paper addresses the representation of plates within the framework of the Boundary Representation method in a Solid Modeling environment. Plates are defined as the volume bounded by a progenitor surface, its offset surface and other, possibly ruled surfaces for the sides. Offset surfaces of polynomial parametric surfaces cannot be represented exactly within the same class of functions describing the progenitor surface. Therefore, if the offset surface is to be represented in the same form as the progenitor surface, approximation is required. A method of approximation relevant to non-uniform rational parametric B-spline surfaces is described. The method employs the properties of the control polyhedron and a recently developed subdivision algorithm to satisfy a certain accuracy criterion. Representative examples are given which illustrate the efficiency and robustness of the proposed method.

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