Strategies for effectively visualizing 3D flow with volume LIC

Victoria Interrante, Chester Grosch

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This paper discusses strategies for effectively portraying 3D flow using volume line integral convolution. Issues include defining an appropriate input texture, clarifying the distinct identities and relative depths of the advected texture elements, and selectively highlighting regions of interest in both the input and output volumes. Apart from offering insights into the greater potential of 3D LIC as a method for effectively representing flow in a volume, a principal contribution of this work is the suggestion of a technique for generating and rendering 3D visibility-impeding 'halos' that can help to intuitively indicate the presence of depth discontinuities between contiguous elements in a projection and thereby clarify the 3D spatial organization of elements in the flow. The proposed techniques are applied to the visualization of a hot, supersonic, laminar jet exiting into a colder, subsonic coflow.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IEEE Visualization Conference
PublisherIEEE Comp Soc
Number of pages4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1997
EventProceedings of the 1997 IEEE Visualization Conference - Phoenix, AZ, USA
Duration: Oct 19 1997Oct 24 1997


OtherProceedings of the 1997 IEEE Visualization Conference
CityPhoenix, AZ, USA


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