A peridynamic perspective on spring-mass fracture

J. A. Levine, A. W. Bargteil, C. Corsi, J. Tessendorf, R. Geist

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The application of spring-mass systems to the animation of brittle fracture is revisited. The motivation arises from the recent popularity of peridynamics in the computational physics community. Peridynamic systems can be regarded as spring-mass systems with two specific properties. First, spring forces are based on a simple strain metric, thereby decoupling spring stiffness from spring length. Second, masses are connected using a distance-based criterion. The relatively large radius of influence typically leads to a few hundred springs for every mass point. Spring-mass systems with these properties are shown to be simple to implement, trivially parallelized, and well-suited to animating brittle fracture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages9
StatePublished - Jul 21 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event2014 ACM SIGGRAPH/Eurographics Symposium on Computer Animation, SCA 2014 - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: Jul 21 2014Jul 23 2014


Conference2014 ACM SIGGRAPH/Eurographics Symposium on Computer Animation, SCA 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition


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