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Computers 2015, 4(1), 39-60;

FoamVis, A Visualization System for Foam Research: Design and Implementation

Visual and Interactive Computing Group, Department of Computer Science, Swansea University, Swansea, SA2 8PP, Wales, UK
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Academic Editor: Aaron Quigley
Received: 24 September 2014 / Accepted: 3 March 2015 / Published: 20 March 2015
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Liquid foams are used in areas such as mineral separation, oil recovery, food and beverage production, sanitation and fire fighting. To improve the quality of products and the efficiency of processes in these areas, foam scientists wish to understand and control foam behaviour. To this end, foam scientists have used foam simulations to model foam behaviour; however, analysing these simulations presents difficult challenges. We describe the main foam research challenges and present the design of FoamVis, the only existing visualization, exploration and analysis application created to address them. We describe FoamVis’ main features, together with relevant design and implementation notes. Our goal is to provide a global overview and individual feature implementation details that would allow a visualization scientist to extend the FoamVis system with new algorithms and adapt it to new requirements. The result is a detailed presentation of the software that is not provided in previous visualization research papers. View Full-Text
Keywords: FoamVis; Surface Evolver; bubble-scale foam simulation; time-dependent visualization FoamVis; Surface Evolver; bubble-scale foam simulation; time-dependent visualization

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Lipsa, D.R.; Roberts, R.C.; Laramee, R.S. FoamVis, A Visualization System for Foam Research: Design and Implementation. Computers 2015, 4, 39-60.

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