Versatile and efficient techniques for simulating cloth and other deformable objects

  • Volino P
  • Courchesne M
  • Magnenat Thalmann N
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We are presenting techniques for simulating the motion and the deformation of cloth, fabrics or, more generally, deformable surfaces. Our main goal is to be able to simulate any kind of surface without imposing restrictions on shape or geometrical environment. In particular, we are considering difficult situations with respect to deformations and collisions, like wrinkled fabric falling on the ground. Thus, we have enhanced existing algorithms in order to cope with any possible situation. A mechanical model has been implemented to deal with any irregular triangular meshes, handle high deformations despite rough discretisation, and cope with complex interacting collisions. Thus, it should deal efficiently with situations where nonlinearities and discontinuities are really non marginal. Collision detection has also been improved to efficiently detect self-collisions, and also to correctly consider collision orientations despite the lack of surface orientation information from preset geometrical contexts, using consistency checking and correction. We illustrate these features through simulation examples.

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  • Animation
  • Collision detection
  • Collision response
  • Deformable surfaces
  • Mechanical simulation

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  • Pascal Volino

  • Martin Courchesne

  • Nadia Magnenat Thalmann

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