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Triangulation vertex normal



V = vertexNormal(TR) returns the unit normal vectors to all vertices in a 3-D surface triangulation. V is a three-column matrix with each row containing the unit normal coordinates corresponding to the vertices in TR.Points.

V = vertexNormal(TR,ID) returns the unit normal vector to each vertex indexed by ID. A vertex ID is the row number corresponding to the vertices in the property TR.Points.


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Compute and plot the unit normal vectors to the vertices of a triangulation.

Create a 3-D triangulation representing the volume of a cube.

[X,Y,Z] = meshgrid(1:4);
x = X(:);
y = Y(:);
z = Z(:);
DT = delaunayTriangulation(x,y,z);

Triangulate the boundary of the cube.

[Tfb,Xfb] = freeBoundary(DT);
TR = triangulation(Tfb,Xfb);

Find the unit normal vectors to the triangle vertices.

V = vertexNormal(TR);

Plot the triangulated surface and the unit normal vectors.

trisurf(TR,'FaceColor',[0.8 0.8 1.0]);
axis equal
hold on
quiver3(Xfb(:,1),Xfb(:,2),Xfb(:,3), ...

Input Arguments

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Triangulation representation for 3-D surface triangulations only, specified as a scalar triangulation or delaunayTriangulation object.

Data Types: triangulation | delaunayTriangulation

Vertex IDs, specified as a scalar or a column vector whose elements correspond to a single vertex in the triangulation object. The ID of each vertex is the corresponding row number of the vertices in the Points property.

Data Types: double

Extended Capabilities

Thread-Based Environment
Run code in the background using MATLAB® backgroundPool or accelerate code with Parallel Computing Toolbox™ ThreadPool.

Version History

Introduced in R2013a