Bubbles alive

Jeong Mo Hong, Ho Young Lee, Jong Chul Yoon, Chang-Hun Kim

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We propose a hybrid method for simulating multiphase fluids such as bubbly water. The appearance of subgrid visual details is improved by incorporating a new bubble model based on smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) into an Eulerian grid-based simulation that handles background flows of large bodies of water and air. To overcome the difficulty in simulating small bubbles in the context of the multiphase flows on a coarse grid, we heuristically model the interphase properties of water and air by means of the interactions between bubble particles. As a result, we can animate lively motion of bubbly water with small scale details efficiently.

Original languageEnglish
Article number48
JournalACM Transactions on Graphics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Aug 1



  • Bubbles
  • Fluid simulation
  • Grid-based simulation
  • Multiphase fluids
  • Smoothed particle hydrodynamics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Software

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Hong, J. M., Lee, H. Y., Yoon, J. C., & Kim, C-H. (2008). Bubbles alive. ACM Transactions on Graphics, 27(3), [48]. https://doi.org/10.1145/1360612.1360647