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Visualization of Particle-Based Computer Data

By Carl Wassgren1, Avik Sarkar1

1. Purdue University

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The ParticleVis software system offers full-featured visualization of discrete element method (DEM) computer data for real-time 3D rendering of large sets of particle states. ParticleVis capabilities include:


  • adjustable lighting conditions and camera viewing characteristics,
  • options to display translational velocity, rotational velocity, and orientation vectors along with particle pathlines,
  • color-mapped particles based on external data such as speed, force information and residence tie,
  • external vector and scalar fields, such as electromagnetic fields and temperatures,
  • transparent and textured particles,
  • XML-base particle shape files and CAD file rendering,
  • output options for individual frames and movies.

See the ParticleVis Web Site to download the source code.

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  • Carl Wassgren; Avik Sarkar (2007), "Visualization of Particle-Based Computer Data,"

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