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Discrete Willmore Flow

Bobenko, Alexander I. and Schröder, Peter (2005) Discrete Willmore Flow. In: SIGGRAPH '05 ACM SIGGRAPH 2005 Courses. ACM , New York, NY, Art. No. 5.

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The Willmore energy of a surface, ∫(H^2 - K) dA, as a function of mean and Gaussian curvature, captures the deviation of a surface from (local) sphericity. As such this energy and its associated gradient flow play an important role in digital geometry processing, geometric modeling, and physical simulation. In this paper we consider a discrete Willmore energy and its flow. In contrast to traditional approaches it is not based on a finite element discretization, but rather on an ab initio discrete formulation which preserves the Möbius symmetries of the underlying continuous theory in the discrete setting. We derive the relevant gradient expressions including a linearization (approximation of the Hessian), which are required for non-linear numerical solvers. As examples we demonstrate the utility of our approach for surface restoration, n-sided hole filling, and non-shrinking surface smoothing.

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Additional Information:© 2005 ACM. This work was supported in part by NSF (DMS-0220905, DMS-0138458, ACI-0219979), DFG (Research Center MATHEON “Mathematics for Key Technologies,” Berlin), DOE (W-7405-ENG-48/B341492), nVidia, the Center for Integrated Multiscale Modeling and Simulation, Alias, and Pixar. Special thanks to Kevin Bauer, Oscar Bruno, Mathieu Desbrun, Ilja Friedel, Cici Koenig, Nathan Litke, and Fabio Rossi.
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Subject Keywords:Geometric Flow; Discrete Differential Geometry; Willmore Energy; Variational Surface Modeling; Digital Geometry Processing
Classification Code:CR Categories: G.1.8 [Numerical Analysis]: Partial Differential Equations—Elliptic equations; Parabolic equations; Finite difference methods; I.3.5 [Computer Graphics]: Computational Geometry and Object Modeling—Curve, surface, solid and object representa
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