Impulse Fluid Simulation

IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG)
Fan Feng, Jinyuan Liu, Shiying Xiong, Shuqi Yang, Yaorui Zhang, Bo Zhu



We propose a new incompressible Navier–Stokes solver based on the impulse gauge transformation. The mathematical model of our approach draws from the impulse–velocity formulation of Navier–Stokes equations, which evolves the fluid impulse as an auxiliary variable of the system that can be projected to obtain the incompressible flow velocities at the end of each time step. We solve the impulse-form equations numerically on a Cartesian grid. At the heart of our simulation algorithm is a novel model to treat the impulse stretching and a harmonic boundary treatment to incorporate the surface tension effects accurately. We also build an impulse PIC/FLIP solver to support free-surface fluid simulation. Our impulse solver can naturally produce rich vortical flow details without artificial enhancements. We showcase this feature by using our solver to facilitate a wide range of fluid simulation tasks including smoke, liquid, and surface-tension flow. In addition, we discuss a convenient mechanism in our framework to control the scale and strength of the turbulent effects of fluid.

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  author={Feng, Fan and Liu, Jinyuan and Xiong, Shiying and Yang, Shuqi and Zhang, Yaorui and Zhu, Bo},
  journal={IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics}, 
  title={Impulse Fluid Simulation},