Combination of Triangular Patches
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The triangular surface patch (shown in the middle) is defined by three input patches, each fitting one boundary curve. By changing the shapes of the constituent parts, the shape of the resulting patch will change, while its boundary curves remain fixed.
Contributed by: M. Szilvasi-Nagy (March 2011)
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This surface construction generates a triangular patch from three triangular patches by combining them with rational quadratic functions. One boundary curve of each given patch forms the side of a curvilinear triangle, which is interpolated by the resulting patch. In the algorithm used, the resulting patch joins to the constituents with contact, preserving tangential continuity.
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