Coupled Simulation of Fluids and Granular Materials

Authors: Michael Tao

Venue: University of Toronto DCS

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This thesis presents a novel method for the simulation of mixed fluids and granular materials. In contrast to the existing technologies in graphics for simulating granular materials, we choose a continuum based approach in order to capture interesting phenomena with a large number of particles. By extending pre-existing models for simulating both fluids and granular materials as continuua, we generate novel phenomonology in our simulations of both fluids and granular materials, including their interactions with each another.


In retrospect the terminology used in this thesis was quite imprecise. Permeability was utilized to represent the various physical properties of porous materials, whereas the proper terminology should probably have been permeability for 1-forms or whatnot.