Date of Award

6-2017

Degree Name

MS in Computer Science

Department

Computer Science

Advisor

Zoë Wood

Abstract

This thesis introduces a novel Eulerian-on-Lagrangian (EoL) approach for simulating cloth. This approach allows for the simulation of traditionally difficult cloth scenarios, such as draping and sliding cloth over sharp features like the edge of a table. A traditional Lagrangian approach models a cloth as a series of connected nodes. These nodes are free to move in 3d space, but have difficulty with sliding over hard edges. The cloth cannot always bend smoothly around these edges, as motion can only occur at existing nodes. An EoL approach adds additional flexibility to a Lagrangian approach by constructing special Eulerian on Lagrangian nodes (EoL Nodes), where cloth material can pass through a fixed point. On contact with the edge of a box, EoL nodes are introduced directly on the edge. These nodes allow the cloth to bend exactly at the edge, and pass smoothly over the area while sliding. Using this ‘Eulerian-on-Lagrangian’ discretization, a set of rules for introducing and constraining EoL Nodes, and an adaptive remesher, This simulator allows cloth to move in a sliding motion over sharp edges. The current implementation is limited to cloth collision with static boxes, but the method presented can be expanded to include contact with more complicated meshes and dynamic rigid bodies.

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