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Patch Curvature


Dirk-Jan Kroon


18 Aug 2011 (Updated )

Principal, Gaussian and Mean Curvature of triangulated mesh

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  This function calculates the principal curvature directions and values
  of a triangulated mesh.
  The function first rotates the data so the normal of the current
  vertex becomes [-1 0 0], so we can describe the data by XY instead of
  Secondly it fits a least-squares quadratic patch to the local
  neighborhood of a vertex "f(x,y) = ax^2 + by^2 + cxy + dx + ey + f".
  Then the eigenvectors and eigenvalues of the hessian are used to
  calculate the principal, mean and gaussian curvature.
    FV : A triangulated mesh (see Patch)
    usethird : Use third order neighbour vertices for the curvature
               fit, making it smoother but less local. true/ false (default)
    Cmean : Mean Curvature
    Cgaussian : Gaussian Curvature
    Dir1 : XYZ Direction of first Principal component
    Dir2 : XYZ Direction of second Principal component
    Lambda1 : value of first Principal component
    Lambda2 : value of second Principal component

MATLAB release MATLAB 7.12 (R2011a)
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11 Dec 2014 Marta



26 Oct 2014 Leo


Dear author, Thank you for this work.

However, I have a problem about this code. I am not quite understand the meanning of:
k = rand(1,3)
in the VectorRotationMatrix.
It will be very kind of you, if you can give me some hint.
Thanks again.

15 Jan 2014 Binhang


This version seems much better!

15 Jan 2014 Dirk-Jan Kroon

Dirk-Jan Kroon

* Binhang
Thank you, there was a bug which I solved by removing abs from the eigenvalues. This version will probably be online in one or two days.

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13 Jan 2014 Binhang


Dear author, I have a question for the result.

Have you ever test your code for the torus? Did you notice that all the values for gauss and mean curvature are positive?

Well, I think this is incorrect.

06 Apr 2013 baziham




Dear Mr.Kroon ,
Is it possible that you include how to calculate squared mean curvature over the mesh .

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10 Jan 2012 Jonathan Sullivan

Jonathan Sullivan

Great submission. Very help. Nice examples provided too!

15 Jan 2014

Fixed eigenvector calculation, sign of eigenvalues and sorting of eigenvectors

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