I am more or less new to Mathematica, but have never dealt with more complex problems requiring more advanced coding and would be grateful for some guidance. I have got two parameterized surfaces, more explicitly a tube surface


and a simple plane


with all parameters and vectors known apart from the parameterization parameters $s$, $t$ , $w$, $v$.

$P_1$ is one point on the intersection curve of $S$ and $E$ and I need to find a second point $P_2$ along the intersection curve with a certain distance $d$. The distance is measured by the arc length of the intersection curve.

I do not need an explicit formula for the intersection curve, just the next Point with a distance $d$ along the curve. I tried to solve it explicitly but I have no idea how to solve this non trivial system.


does not find a solution. I arrived by hand at an equation $w=f(w,v)$. But this equation won't be solved by Solve[ ] either. As my solution will be dependent on a parameter e.g. $v$, I cannot use a numeric tool like NSolve[ ].

The two surfaces are

S={25464.8 - 25464.8 Cos[0.0000392699 s] - 50. Cos[0.0000392699 s] Cos[2\[Pi] t], 0. + 50 Sin[2 \[Pi] t],  25464.8 Sin[0.0000392699 s] + 50. Cos[2 \[Pi] t] Sin[0.0000392699 s]}

A={1606.98 + 0.387712 u + 0.910297 w, 9.74064*10^-15 - 4.38749*10^-16 u + 5.00745*10^-15 w,  9044.85 + 0.921781 u - 0.413957 w}
  • $\begingroup$ There are multiple issues with your code: E is a protected symbol, function arguments need [...] and S/E are not functions, so you don't need the [...] for them. $\endgroup$ – Lukas Lang Sep 7 '17 at 9:46
  • $\begingroup$ This is a hard problem in general. If you can construct implicit Cartesian equations for your surfaces, then you can use this. $\endgroup$ – J. M. will be back soon Sep 7 '17 at 11:01
  • $\begingroup$ @Mathe172 you are right, changed that. Must admit I quicly tiped it in here which was a little careless. Changed that $\endgroup$ – Sterla Sep 7 '17 at 11:05

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