Simulation of swirling bubbly water using bubble particles

Ho Young Lee, Jeong Mo Hong, Chang Hun Kim

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The effect of surface tension is dynamically and realistically represented within a multiphase fluid simulation. Air bubbles are seeded with 'bubble particles' which move randomly. These molecule-like movements modify the surface of the air bubbles and generate turbulence in the water. The surface tension between air bubble and water, determined by the composition of the water, remains constant regardless of the size of the bubble, while external forces cause unstable fluid motion as the surface tension strives to remain constant, bubbles split and merge. The bubble particles can also compute for the numerical dissipation usually experienced in grid-based fluid simulations, by restoring the lost volume of individual bubbles. The realistic tearing of bubble surfaces is shown in a range of examples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)707-712
Number of pages6
JournalVisual Computer
Issue number5-7
Publication statusPublished - 2009 May


  • Bubbles
  • Fluid simulation
  • Grid-based simulation
  • Multiphase fluids
  • Physically based modeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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