Virtual Smoke: An interactive 3D flow visualization technique

Kwan-Liu Ma, Philip J. Smith

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This paper introduces a new technique for computer visualization of simultaneous three-dimensional vector and scalar fields such as velocity and temperature in reacting fluid flow fields. The technique, which we call Virtual Smoke, simulates the use of colored smoke for experimental gaseous fluid flow visualization. However, it is noninvasive and can animate, in particular, the dynamic behaviors of steady-state or instantaneous flow fields obtained from numerical simulations. Virtual Smoke is based on Volume Seeds and Volume Seedlings, which are direct volume visualization methods previously developed for highly interactive scalar volume data exploration. We use data from combustion simulations to demonstrate the effectiveness of Virtual Smoke.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd Conference on Visualization, VIS 1992
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)0818628960, 9780818628962
StatePublished - Oct 19 1992
Externally publishedYes
Event3rd Conference on Visualization, VIS 1992 - Boston, United States
Duration: Oct 19 1992Oct 23 1992


Other3rd Conference on Visualization, VIS 1992
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition


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