A Survey of Interface Tracking Methods in Multi-phase Fluid Visualization

Authors Fang Chen, Hans Hagen

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Fang Chen
Hans Hagen

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Fang Chen and Hans Hagen. A Survey of Interface Tracking Methods in Multi-phase Fluid Visualization. In Visualization of Large and Unstructured Data Sets - Applications in Geospatial Planning, Modeling and Engineering (IRTG 1131 Workshop). Open Access Series in Informatics (OASIcs), Volume 19, pp. 11-19, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2011)


A central feature that scientists are interested in is the dynamics of fluid interfaces or the so called material boundaries in multi-fluid simulation . Visualization techniques for capturing fluid interface are based on one of about three basic algorithms. In this paper, we give a survey of the existing interface tracking algorithms, including backgrounds, terms, procedures as well as pointers to details and further reading. We also provide a glance at the mathematical fundamentals of multi-fluid dynamics for scientists who are interested in understanding the underlying math and physics of multi-phase fluid simulation.
  • Multi-phase fluid
  • interface tracking
  • topology methods


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