Analysis of a Material Point Method for Snow

A research project by Thomas Breekveldt
Under supervision of Arjan Egges, Amir Vaxman
Apr 2017

A physically-plausible simulation of snow is a challenging task. The method we analyze in this thesis is a Material Point Method (MPM), that has been adjusted to accommodate both the fluid-like and the granular properties of snow. We analyze the simulation in four aspects. One, the noise generated from problems in numerical stability. Two, we analyze the domain in which simulation parameters perform. Three, we reason about the scale of the simulation. And fourth, we present samples collected from runtime analysis. With this, we obtain an understanding of the stability and the performance of the method.

Snow simulation, fluid simulation, game physics