Implicit Density Projection for Volume Conserving Liquids

Tassilo Kugelstadt, Andreas Longva, Nils Thuerey, Jan Bender
IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics

We propose a novel implicit density projection approach for hybrid Eulerian/Lagrangian methods like FLIP and APIC to enforce volume conservation of incompressible liquids. Our approach is able to robustly recover from highly degenerate configurations and incorporates volume-conserving boundary handling. A problem of the standard divergence-free pressure solver is that it only has a differential view on density changes. Numerical volume errors, which occur due to large time steps and the limited accuracy of pressure projections, are invisible to the solver and cannot be corrected. Moreover, these errors accumulate over time and can lead to drastic volume changes, especially in long-running simulations or interactive scenarios. Therefore, we introduce a novel method that enforces constant density throughout the fluid. The density itself is tracked via the particles of the hybrid Eulerian/Lagrangian simulation algorithm. To achieve constant density, we use the continuous mass conservation law to derive a pressure Poisson equation which also takes density deviations into account. It can be discretized with standard approaches and easily implemented into existing code by extending the regular pressure solver. Our method enables us to relax the strict time step and solver accuracy requirements of a regular solver, leading to significantly higher performance. Moreover, our approach is able to push fluid particles out of solid obstacles without losing volume and generates more uniform particle distributions, which makes frequent particle resampling unnecessary. We compare the proposed method to standard FLIP and APIC and to previous volume correction approaches in several simulations and demonstrate significant improvements in terms of incompressibility, visual realism and computational performance.

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author = {Tassilo Kugelstadt and Andreas Longva and Nils Thuerey and Jan Bender},
title = {Implicit Density Projection for Volume Conserving Liquids},
journal = {IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics},
year = {2021},
publisher = {IEEE},
volume = {27},
number = {4},
doi={ 10.1109/TVCG.2019.2947437},

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