Math Modeling in Indudustry Team 7

Speaker: Tom Hogan

Date: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

Location: PIMS, University of British Columbia

Conference: IMA-PIMS Math Modeling in Industry Workshop

Subject: Mathematics, Applied Mathematics

Class: Scientific


Geometry (e.g., curves, surfaces, solids) is pervasive throughout the airplane industry.  At The Boeing Company, the prevalent way to model geometry is the parametric representation. For example, a parametric surface, S, is the image of a function

S:D → ℝ³

where D ≔ [0..1]×[0..1] is the parameter domain.

Here S denotes the parametrization, as well as the (red) surface itself.

A geometry’s parametric representation is not unique and the accuracy of analysis tools is often sensitive to its quality.  In many cases, the best parametrization is one that preserves lengths, areas, and angles well, i.e., a parametrization that is nearly isometric.  Nearly isometric parametrizations are used, for example, when designing non-flat parts that will be constructed or machined flat.

Figure 1. Parts that are nearly developable on one side are often machined on a flat table; then re-formed.

Another area where geometry parametrization is especially important is shape optimization activities that involve isogeometric analysis.  In these cases, getting a “good enough” parametrization very efficiently is crucial, since the geometry varies from one iteration to another. 

In this project, the students will research, discuss, and propose potential measures of “isometricness” and algorithms for obtaining them.  Example problems will be available on which to test their ideas.

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