Chapter 24

Geometry Processing

Thomas A. Grandine

24.1 INTRODUCTION

One of the fundamental capabilities required in geometric design is the ability to analyze candidate designs, both geometrically and physically. The latter involves estimating physical characteristics of a design in terms of structural strength, flow of fluids in and around the design, optical and electromagnetic properties, thermal characteristics, and so on. Balancing the desired and required physical and performance characteristics of any proposed geometric design is the essence of engineering. Although physical modeling of design geometry is beyond the scope of this book, it is touched on in more detail in the chapters on Shape Optimization, Finite Element Approximation ...

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