Tetrahedra passing through a triangular hole, and tetrahedra fixed by a planar frame.
COMP GEOM-THEOR APPL
14 - 20.
We show that a convex body can pass through a triangular hole iff it can do so by a translation along a line perpendicular to the hole. As an application, we determine the minimum size of an equilateral triangular hole through which a regular tetrahedron with unit edge can pass. The minimum edge length of the hole is (1 + root 2)/root 6 approximate to 0.9856. One of the key facts for the proof is that no triangular frame can hold a convex body. On the other hand, we also show that every non-triangular frame can fix some tetrahedron. (C) 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
|Title:||Tetrahedra passing through a triangular hole, and tetrahedra fixed by a planar frame|
|Keywords:||Frame, Holding a convex body, Fixing a convex body, Regular tetrahedron, Minimal embedding, COVER|
|UCL classification:||UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Mathematics|
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