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Visual simulation of natural phenomena has become one of the most important research topics in computer graphics. Such phenomena include water, fire, smoke, clouds, and so on. Recent methods for the simulation of these phenomena utilize techniques developed in computational fluid dynamics. In this paper, the basic equations (Navier-Stokes equations) for simulating these phenomena are briefly described. These basic equations are used to simulate various natural phenomena. This paper then explains our applications of the equations for simulations of smoke, clouds, and aerodynamic sound.
Date of Conference: 19-21 Aug. 2009