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The Material-Point Method for Simulating Continuum Materials

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The Material-Point Method for Simulating Continuum Materials

Thursday, 28 July, 10:45 am - 12:15 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 303 A-C

The efficacy of the material-point method has been demonstrated on examples undergoing large deformation, collisions, and topological changes necessary for producing modern visual effects. MPM is also an important part of Walt Disney Animation Studios' simulation-software. So far, the computer graphics community does not offer a tutorial or detailed introduction of MPM (beyond technical papers).

This course covers the basics of continuum mechanics and MPM. It also includes some advanced but useful-in-practice algorithms.

Level

Introductory

Prerequisites

Minimal understanding of continuum mechanics. Familiarity with multivariable calculus, linear algebra, and common numerical algorithms. No experience of MPM is required. Recommended: some previous knowledge and experience with the finite-element method and continuum mechanics.

Intended Audience

Industry professionals and academic researchers interested in learning how to build MPM solvers for simulating various materials for computer animation and visual effects.

Instructor(s)

Chenfanfu Jiang
University of California, Los Angeles

Craig Schroeder
University of California, Los Angeles

Alexey Stomakhin
Walt Disney Animation Studios

Andrew Selle
Walt Disney Animation Studios

Joseph Teran
University of California, Los Angeles