Discretizations of Surfaces with Constant Ratio of Principal Curvatures

Michael R. Jimenez, Christian Müller, Helmut Pottmann

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Motivated by applications in architecture, we study surfaces with a constant ratio of principal curvatures. These surfaces are a natural generalization of minimal surfaces, and can be constructed by applying a Christoffel-type transformation to appropriate spherical curvature line parametrizations, both in the smooth setting and in a discretization with principal nets. We link this Christoffel-type transformation to the discrete curvature theory for parallel meshes and characterize nets that admit these transformations. In the case of negative curvature, we also present a discretization of asymptotic nets. This case is suitable for design and computation, and forms the basis for a special type of architectural support structures, which can be built by bending flat rectangular strips of inextensible material, such as sheet metal.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalDiscrete & Computational Geometry
StatePublished - May 9 2019

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: Open access funding provided by Austrian Science Fund (FWF). The authors would like to thank Udo Hertrich-Jeromin and Mason Pember for useful discussions, and gratefully acknowledge the support of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) through projects P 29981 and I 2978, and by the EU Framework Program Horizon 2020 under grant 675789 (ARCADES).


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