Visual simulation of shockwaves

Jason Sewall, Nico Galoppo, Georgi Tsankov, Ming Lin
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3175, USA
Graphical Models, Volume 71, Issue 4, July 2009, Pages 126-138


   title={Visual simulation of shockwaves},

   author={Sewall, J. and Galoppo, N. and Tsankov, G. and Lin, M.},

   journal={Graphical Models},







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We present an efficient method for visual simulations of shock phenomena in compressible, inviscid fluids. Our algorithm is derived from one class of the finite volume method especially designed for capturing shock propagation, but offers improved efficiency through physically-based simplification and adaptation for graphical rendering. Our technique is capable of handling complex, bidirectional object-shock interactions stably and robustly. We describe its applications to various visual effects, including explosion, sonic booms and turbulent flows. Furthermore, we explore parallelization schemes and demonstrate the scalability of our method on shared-memory, multi-core architectures.
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