Interactive Exploration of Dissipation Element Geometry

Tom Vierjahn, Andrea Schnorr, Benjamin Weyers, Dominik Denker, Ingo Wald, Christoph Garth, Torsten Wolfgang Kuhlen, Bernd Hentschel
Eurographics Symposium on Parallel Graphics and Visualization (2017)

Dissipation elements (DE) define a geometrical structure for the analysis of small-scale turbulence. Existing analyses based on DEs focus on a statistical treatment of large populations of DEs. In this paper, we propose a method for the interactive visualization of the geometrical shape of DE populations. We follow a two-step approach: in a pre-processing step, we approximate individual DEs by tube-like, implicit shapes with elliptical cross sections of varying radii; we then render these approximations by direct ray-casting thereby avoiding the need for costly generation of detailed, explicit geometry for rasterization. Our results demonstrate that the approximation gives a reasonable representation of DE geometries and the rendering performance is suitable for interactive use.

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booktitle = {Eurographics Symposium on Parallel Graphics and Visualization},
author = {Tom Vierjahn and Andrea Schnorr and Benjamin Weyers and Dominik Denker and Ingo Wald and Christoph Garth and Torsten W. Kuhlen and Bernd Hentschel},
title = {Interactive Exploration of Dissipation Element Geometry},
year = {2017},
pages = {53--62},
ISSN = {1727-348X},
ISBN = {978-3-03868-034-5},
doi = {10.2312/pgv.20171093},

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