Surface reconstruction from FE mesh model

Jung Min Park, Byung Chai Lee, Soo Won Chae, Ki Youn Kwon

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In the computer aided engineering process with finite element analysis, a CAD surface model is sometimes needed for various tasks such as remeshing, shape optimization or design modification. Occasionally, engineers who perform an analysis at the product design stage are given only finite element mesh models; corresponding CAD models can be unavailable. This paper presents a method to extract free-form B-spline surfaces and certain feature curves from a surface mesh model. First, using the k-means clustering method, our process segments given meshes into a number of regions according to principal curvature information; then, region operations are performed. Next, each region is converted to an approximately free-form B-spline surface. In the last step, feature curves to create loft or sweep surfaces are calculated by minimizing the distance error. Some practical examples are also presented to demonstrate the effectiveness and usefulness of our method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-208
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Computational Design and Engineering
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Apr


  • B-spline surface
  • FE mesh
  • Mesh segmentation
  • Sweep surface

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computational Mathematics


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