Physics-based Surface Modeling using Quasi-Static Liquids

K. Swanson, K. Brakke and D. Breen, ``Physics-based Surface Modeling using Quasi-Static Liquids,'' Computer-Aided Design and Applications, Vol. 6, No. 6, 2009, pp. 759-768.

This paper presents a physics-based modeling approach for the creation of high quality surfaces for application in CAGD. Physics-based modeling is commonly used in animation and scientific modeling, and simulates realistic dynamic motion for computer graphics. We propose a physics-based modeling of liquid surface motion as a means to generate complex geometry. Regions of a model are defined to be in a solid phase and other parts are in a liquid phase. The liquid surface is mobile and moves in response to physics-based forces resulting in a smooth, minimum energy surface. The objects created by this method are referred to as Temporal Computational Objects (TCO's) and provide a capability that is fully integrated with standard CAD, FEA and CAM utilities. We demonstrate the usefulness of the approach with a wide range of examples that produce high quality physics-based surface models that have been analyzed and fabricated.

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