A developable surface can be formed by bending or rolling a planar surface without stretching or tearing; in other words, it can be developed or unrolled isometrically onto a plane. This paper describes two main differential geometry properties of developable surfaces that have industrial applications. First, a method for identifying the inflection line of a developable surface is described. Second, geodesic lines between two points on a developable surface are found as an initial value problem, which is easier to solve than the boundary value problem that is normally required.
|Number of pages||17|
|Journal||Mathematical Engineering in Industry|
|Publication status||Published - 1999 Dec 1|
- Developable surface
- Flat points
- Inflection lines
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