# How to discretize the surface of a prolate spheroid?

I need to discretize the surface of prolate spheroid given by the equation

$$\frac{x^2}{L^2} + \frac{y^2}{D^2} + \frac{z^2}{D^2} = \frac{1}{4}$$

The surface has to be divided to 500 equal panels to calculate the velocity potential on it. This means I will need to calculate the normal vector at each panel

Can anyone suggest any methods?

• Why don't you first define some equally spread anchor points on the spheroid and then recursively subdivide them a couple of times to get the desired subdivision? – Tolga Birdal Aug 29 '16 at 16:31