Abstract

A PDE surface is generated by solving partial differential equations subject to boundary conditions. To obtain an approximation of the PDE surface in the form of a B-spline surface the finite element method, with the basis formed from B-spline basis functions, can be used to solve the equations. The procedure is simplest when uniform B-splines are used, but it is also feasible, and in some cases desirable, to use non-uniform B-splines. It will also be shown that it is possible, if required, to modify the non-uniform B-spline approximation in a variety of ways, using the properties of B-spline surfaces.

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