Isogeometric Analysis: Bezier Curves and Surfaces in Octave and TypeScript


While working on my sample IGA implementation here https://github.com/carlonluca/isogeometric-analysis, I found myself in need of defining and implementing the math structures used to define the domain and the solution space. This means that I had to implement various algorithms to define structures like Bezier, B-spline, NURBS and T-spline. So this is a quick intro to Bezier curves and surfaces with a couple of implementations.

Power Basis

A simple math structure to handle curves and surfaces is the power basis representation. Power basis representation uses polynomials, which are fast to compute and simple to handle. A $n^{th}$-degree power basis curve can be defined in the parametric space as:
$$\displaylines{\begin{eqnarray*} \boldsymbol{C}\left(\xi\right) & = & \left(x\left(\xi\right),y\left(\xi\right),z\left(\xi\right)\right)\\ & = & \sum_{i=0}^{n}\boldsymbol{a}_{i}\xi^{i}\\ & = & \left(\left[\boldsymbol{a}_{i}\right]_{i=0}^{n}\right)^{T}\left[\xi^{i}\right]_{i=0}^{n}, \end{eqnarray*}}$$
where the functions $xi^{i}$ are the basis (or blending) functions. Using the tensor product scheme we can also define a power basis surface:
$$\displaylines{\begin{eqnarray*} \boldsymbol{S}\left(\xi,\eta\right) & = & \left(x\left(\xi,\eta\right),y\left(\xi,\eta\right),z\left(\xi,\eta\right)\right)\\ & = & \sum_{i=0}^{n}\sum_{j=0}^{m}\boldsymbol{a}_{i,j}\xi^{i}\eta^{j}\\ & = & \left(\left[\xi^{i}\right]_{i=0}^{n}\right)^{T}\left[\boldsymbol{a}_{i,j}\right]_{i,j=0}^{i=n,j=m}\left[\eta^{j}\right]_{j=0}^{m} \end{eqnarray*}}$$
where:
$$\displaylines{\left\{ \begin{array}{l} \boldsymbol{a}_{i,j}=\left(x_{i,j},y_{i,j},z_{i,j}\right)\\ b\leq\xi\leq c\\ d\leq\eta\leq e \end{array}\right.}$$

Bezier

Bezier curves do not increase the space of curves representable by the power basis form, but introduce the concept of control point. Control points convey a clear geometrical meaning, which is very useful during the design process. So, a $n^{th}$-degree Bezier curve is defined as:
$$\displaylines{\boldsymbol{C}\left(\xi\right)=\sum_{i=0}^{n}B_{i}^{n}\left(\xi\right)\boldsymbol{P}_{i},\\ a\leq\xi\leq b}$$
where $\boldsymbol{P}_{i}$ represents the $i^{th}$ control point and:
$$B_{i}^{n}\left(\xi\right)=\frac{n!\cdot\xi^{i}\left(1-\xi\right)^{n-i}}{i!\cdot\left(n-i\right)!}$$
is the $i^{th}$ basis function (also known as Bernstein polynomial). With the tensor product scheme, we can also define a Bezier surface with:
$$\displaylines{\boldsymbol{S}\left(\xi,\eta\right)=\sum_{i=0}^{n}\sum_{j=0}^{m}B_{i}^{n}\left(\xi\right)B_{j}^{m}\left(\eta\right)\boldsymbol{P}_{i,j},\\ \left\{ \begin{array}{l} a\leq\xi\leq b\\ c\leq\eta\leq d \end{array}\right.}$$

Octave Implementation

In the repo https://github.com/carlonluca/isogeometric-analysis, you can find a basic implementation of Bezier curves and surfaces written for Octave (and Matlab) in: https://github.com/carlonluca/isogeometric-analysis/tree/master/3.3. The implementation is tested with a few examples. For example, given these control points:
$$\displaylines{\boldsymbol{P}_{0}=\left(0,0\right),\;\boldsymbol{P}_{1}=\left(1,1\right),\;\boldsymbol{P}_{2}=\left(2,0.5\right)\\ \boldsymbol{P}_{3}=\left(3,0.5\right),\;\boldsymbol{P}_{4}=\left(0.5,1.5\right),\;\boldsymbol{P}_{5}=\left(1.5,0\right)}$$
we can get to this result by using the computeBezier.m script:
We can also define the curve in the 3D space. For example these control points:
$$\displaylines{\boldsymbol{P}_{0}=\left(0,0,0\right),\;\boldsymbol{P}_{1}=\left(1,1,1\right),\;\boldsymbol{P}_{2}=\left(2,0.5,0\right)\\ \boldsymbol{P}_{3}=\left(3,0.5,0\right),\;\boldsymbol{P}_{4}=\left(0.5,1.5,0\right),\;\boldsymbol{P}_{5}=\left(1.5,0,1\right)}$$
lead to this result:
It may also be interesting to see what happens to a curve when a new control point is added to the previous one:
Another example is provided for Bezier surfaces. From these control points:
$$\displaylines{\boldsymbol{P}_{0}=\left(-3,0,2\right),\;\boldsymbol{P}_{1}=\left(-2,0,6\right),\;\boldsymbol{P}_{2}=\left(-1,0,7\right),\boldsymbol{P}_{3}=\left(0,0,2\right)\\ \boldsymbol{P}_{4}=\left(-3,1,2\right),\;\boldsymbol{P}_{5}=\left(-2,1,4\right),\;\boldsymbol{P}_{6}=\left(-1,1,5\right),\;\boldsymbol{P}_{7}=\left(0,1,2.5\right)\\ \boldsymbol{P}_{8}=\left(-3,3,0\right),\;\boldsymbol{P}_{9}=\left(-2,3,2.5\right),\;\boldsymbol{P}_{10}=\left(-1,3,4.5\right),\;\boldsymbol{P}_{11}=\left(0,3,6.5\right)}$$
this is what the algorithms produce:

Typescript Implementation

What about a browser implemenation? The above algorithms can clearly be implemented in a browser, so this is an attempt written in TypeScript: https://github.com/carlonluca/isogeometric-analysis/tree/master/ts/src/bezier. The BezierCurve object can be used to draw a plot of the first examples:
The BezierSurf instead can be used to compute the surface example:
The TypeScript implementation is rendering the plots using Plotly. The demo embedded into this post can be found in this GitHub page.

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