Fast animation of turbulence using energy transport and procedural synthesis

Rahul Narain, Jason Sewall, Mark Carlson, Ming C. Lin

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We present a novel technique for the animation of turbulent fluids by coupling a procedural turbulence model with a numerical fluid solver to introduce subgrid-scale flow detail. From the large-scale flow simulated by the solver, we model the production and behavior of turbulent energy using a physically motivated energy model. This energy distribution is used to synthesize an incompressible turbulent velocity field, whose features show plausible temporal behavior through a novel Lagrangian approach for advected noise. The synthesized turbulent flow has a dynamical effect on the large-scale flow, and produces visually plausible detailed features on both gaseous and free-surface liquid flows. Our method is an order of magnitude faster than full numerical simulation of equivalent resolution, and requires no manual direction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number166
JournalACM Transactions on Graphics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008
EventACM SIGGRAPH Asia 2008 Papers, SIGGRAPH Asia 2008 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: Dec 10 2008Dec 13 2008

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