Bézier surface

﻿
Bézier surface

Bézier surfaces are a species of mathematical spline used in computer graphics, computer-aided design, and finite element modelling. As with the Bézier curve, a Bézier surface is defined by a set of control points. Similar to interpolation in many respects, a key difference is that the surface does not, in general pass through the central controls points, rather it is "stretched" toward them as though each were an attractive force. They are visually intuitive, and for many applications, mathematically convenient.

History

Bézier surfaces were first described in 1972 by the French engineer Pierre Bézier who used them to design automobile bodies. Bézier surfaces can be of any degree, but bicubic Bézier surfaces generally provide enough degrees of freedom for most applications.

Equation

A given Bézier surface of order ("n", "m") is defined by a set of ("n" + 1)("m" + 1) control points k"i,j". It maps the unit square into a smooth-continuous surface embedded within a space of the same dimensionality as { k"i,j" }. For example, if k are all points in a four-dimensional space, then the surface will be within a four-dimensional space.

A two-dimensional Bézier surface can be defined as a parametric surface where the position of a point p as a function of the parametric coordinates "u", "v" is given by:

:$mathbf\left\{p\right\}\left(u, v\right) = sum_\left\{i=0\right\}^n sum_\left\{j=0\right\}^m B_i^n\left(u\right) ; B_j^m\left(v\right) ; mathbf\left\{k\right\}_\left\{i,j\right\}$

evaluated over the unit square, where

:$B_i^n\left(u\right) = \left\{n choose i\right\} ; u^i \left(1-u\right)^\left\{n-i\right\}$

is a Bernstein polynomial, and

:$\left\{n choose i\right\} = frac\left\{n!\right\}\left\{i! \left(n-i\right)!\right\}$

is the binomial coefficient.

Some properties of Bézier surfaces:
* A Bézier surface will transform in the same way as its control points under all linear transformations and translations.
* All "u" = constant and "v" = constant lines in the ("u", "v") space, and, in particular, all four edges of the deformed ("u", "v") unit square are Bézier curves.
* A Bézier surface will lie completely within the convex hull of its control points, and therefore also completely within the bounding box of its control points in any given Cartesian coordinate system.
* The points in the patch corresponding to the corners of the deformed unit square coincide with four of the control points.
* However, a Bézier surface does not generally pass through its other control points.

Generally, the most common use of Bézier surfaces is as nets of bicubic patches (where "m" = "n" = 3). The geometry of a single bicubic patch is thus completely defined by a set of 16 control points. These are typically linked up to form a B-spline surface in a similar way to the way Bézier curves are linked up to form a B-spline curve.

Bézier surfaces in computer graphics

Bézier patch meshes are superior to meshes of triangles as a representation of smooth surfaces, since they are much more compact, easier to manipulate, and have much better continuity properties. In addition, other common parametric surfaces such as spheres and cylinders can be well approximated by relatively small numbers of cubic Bézier patches.

However, Bézier patch meshes are difficult to render directly. One problem with Bézier patches is that calculating their intersections with lines is difficult, making them awkward for pure ray tracing or other direct geometric techniques which do not use subdivision or successive approximation techniques.They are also difficult to combine directly with perspective projection algorithms.

For this reason, Bézier patch meshes are in general eventually decomposed into meshes of triangles by 3D rendering pipelines. In high-quality rendering, the subdivision is adjusted to be so fine that the individual triangle boundaries cannot be seen. To avoid a "blobby" look, fine detail is usually applied to Bézier surfaces at this stage using texture maps, bump maps and other pixel shader techniques.

A Bézier patch of degree ("m", "n") may be constructed out of two Bézier triangles of degree m+n, or out of a single Bézier triangle of degree m+n, with the input domain as a square instead of as a triangle.

A Bézier triangle of degree m may also be constructed out of a Bézier surface of degree (m, m), with the control points so that one edge is squashed to a point, or with the input domain as a triangle instead of as a square.

* NURBS
* Computational geometry
* Bicubic interpolation
* Bézier triangle

Bibliography

* Gerald Farin. "Curves and Surfaces for CAGD", 5th ed. published by Academic Press. ISBN 1558607374.

* [http://www.mizuno.org/gl/bs/ Bézier Surface] An OpenGL based "Bézier Surface" program and its source code (open source) for educational material.
* http://astronomy.swin.edu.au/~pbourke/surfaces/bezier/
* http://home.scarlet.be/piet.verplancken3/bezier/node15.html

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

• Biharmonic Bézier surface — A Biharmonic Bézier surface is a smooth polynomial surface which conforms to the biharmonic equation and has the same formulations as a Bézier surface. This formulation for Bézier surfaces was developed by Juan Monterde and Hassan Ugail. In order …   Wikipedia

• Bézier — can refer to:*Pierre Bézier, French engineer and creator of Bézier curves *Bézier curve *Bézier triangle *Bézier spline *Bézier surface * The town of Béziers in France * AS Béziers Hérault, a French rugby union team *Bézier Games, an American… …   Wikipedia

• Bézier triangle — A cubic Bézier triangle is a surface with the equation:(alpha s+eta t+gamma u)^3 | 0 le s le 1, 0 le t le 1, 0 le u le 1, s+t+u=1:=egin{matrix} eta^3 t^3 + 3alphaeta^2 st^2 + 3eta^2gamma t^2 u + 3alpha^2eta s^2 t + 6alphaetagamma stu +… …   Wikipedia

• Surface de Bézier — Les surfaces de Bézier sont une méthode de définition d une surface grâce aux courbes de Bézier, avantageuses pour définir une courbe par la donnée de points de contrôle. Sommaire 1 Définition 2 Propriétés 3 Voir aussi …   Wikipédia en Français

• Surface de Bezier — Surface de Bézier Les surfaces de Bézier sont une méthode de définition d une surface grâce aux courbes de Bézier, avantageuses pour définir une courbe par la donnée de points de contrôle. Sommaire 1 Définition 2 Propriétés 3 Voir aussi …   Wikipédia en Français

• Bezier — Bézier Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Pierre Bézier est un ingénieur en mécanique et en électricité français, il est principalement connu pour les courbes de Bézier qui ont trouvé… …   Wikipédia en Français

• Bézier curve — Cubic Bézier curve A Bézier curve is a parametric curve frequently used in computer graphics and related fields. Generalizations of Bézier curves to higher dimensions are called Bézier surfaces, of which the Bézier triangle is a special case. In… …   Wikipedia

• Bézier — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom.  Pour l’article homophone, voir Besier. Jean Bezier, chouan ; Pierre Bézier est un ingénieur en mécanique et en électricité français, il est… …   Wikipédia en Français

• Pierre Bézier — Infobox Scientist name = Pierre Étienne Bézier image width = 200px caption = Pierre Étienne Bézier birth date = birth date|1910|9|1|df=y birth place = Paris, France death date = death date and age|1999|11|25|1910|9|1|df=y death place = residence …   Wikipedia