Isogeometric analysis suitable trivariate NURBS representation of composite panels with a new offset algorithm

Vinh Phu Nguyen, Pierre Kerfriden, Stéphane P.A. Bordas, Timon Rabczuk

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Trivariate NURBS (non-uniform rational B-splines) representation of composite panels which is suitable for three-dimensional isogeometric analysis (IGA) is constructed with a new curve/surface offset algorithm. The proposed offset algorithm, which is required by IGA, is non-existent in the CAD literature. Using the presented approach, finite element analysis of composite panels can be performed with the only input being the geometry representation of the composite surface. The method proposed provides a bi-directional system in which one can go forward from CAD to analysis and backwards from analysis to CAD. This is believed to facilitate the design of composite structures. Different parts (patches) can be parametrized independently of each other and glued together, in the finite element solver, by a discontinuous Galerkin method. A stress analysis of curved composite panel with stiffeners is provided to demonstrate the proposed framework.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-63
Number of pages15
JournalCAD Computer Aided Design
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Oct

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors would like to acknowledge the partial financial support of the Framework Programme 7 Initial Training Network Funding under Grant Number 289361 “Integrating Numerical Simulation and Geometric Design Technology”. Stéphane Bordas also thanks partial funding for his time provided by (1) the EPSRC under grant EP/G042705/1 Increased Reliability for Industrially Relevant Automatic Crack Growth Simulation with the eXtended Finite Element Method and (2) the European Research Council Starting Independent Research Grant (ERC Stg Grant Agreement No. 279578 ) entitled “Towards real time multiscale simulation of cutting in non-linear materials with applications to surgical simulation and computer guided surgery”. The authors would like to express the gratitude towards Drs. Erik Jan Lingen and Martijn Stroeven at the Dynaflow Research Group, Houtsingel 95, 2719 EB Zoetermeer, The Netherlands, for providing us the numerical toolkit jem/jive.


  • CAD
  • Composite panels
  • Finite elements
  • Isogeometric analysis
  • Offset curves/surfaces

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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