Similarity measures for mid-surface quality evaluation

Lockett, Helen and Guenov, Marin (2008). Similarity measures for mid-surface quality evaluation. Computer-Aided Design, 40(3) pp. 368–380.



Mid-surface models are widely used in engineering analysis to simplify the analysis of thin-walled parts, but it can be difficult to ensure that the mid-surface model is representative of the solid part from which it was generated. This paper proposes two similarity measures that can be used to evaluate the quality of a mid-surface model by comparing it to a solid model of the same part. Two similarity measures are proposed; firstly a geometric similarity evaluation technique based on the Hausdorff distance and secondly a topological similarity evaluation method which uses geometry graph attributes as the basis for comparison. Both measures are able to provide local and global similarity evaluation for the models. The proposed methods have been implemented in a software demonstrator and tested on a selection of representative models. They have been found to be effective for identifying geometric and topological errors in mid-surface models and are applicable to a wide range of practical thin-walled designs.

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