Animating developable surfaces using nonconforming elements

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Animating developable surfaces using nonconforming elements
We present a new discretization for the physics-based animation of developable surfaces. Constrained to not deform at all in-plane but free to bend out-of-plane, these are an excellent approximation for many materials, including most cloth, paper, and stiffer materials. Unfortunately the conforming (geometrically continuous) discretizations used in graphics break down in this limit. Our nonconforming approach solves this problem, allowing us to simulate surfaces with zero in-plane deformation as a hard constraint. However, it produces discontinuous meshes, so we further couple this with a "ghost" conforming mesh for collision processing and rendering. We also propose a new second order accurate constrained mechanics time integration method that greatly reduces the numerical damping present in the usual first order methods used in graphics, for virtually no extra cost and sometimes significant speed-up. CR Categories: I.3.7 [Computer Graphics]: Three-Dimensional Graphics and ...
Elliot English, Robert Bridson
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Type Journal
Year 2008
Where TOG
Authors Elliot English, Robert Bridson
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