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Glenn P. Forney


This note discusses some of the physics and associated numerical algorithms used by Smokeview to visualize smoke and fire. Realistic visualization methods are important for applications where one wishes to observe qualitative effects of fire and smoke rather than quantitative characteristics such as temperature or velocity. Approximations and simplifications are required to display smoke and fire at interactive frame rates. The primary approximation is to take advantage of the low albedo character of smoke allowing one to either simplify or eliminate scattering terms in the radiative transport equation used visualize smoke and fire.
Proceedings Title
Fire and Evacuation Modeling Technical Conference 2018
Conference Dates
October 1-3, 2018
Conference Location
Gaithersburg, MD


scientific visualization, fire modeling, numerical simulation


Forney, G. (2018), VISUALIZING SMOKE AND FIRE, Fire and Evacuation Modeling Technical Conference 2018, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed April 20, 2024)
Created October 2, 2018, Updated August 21, 2020