Proceedings: GI 2001

Realistic and Controllable Fire Simulation

Philippe Beaudoin, Sébastien Paquet, Pierre Poulin

Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2001: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 7 - 9 June 2001, 159-166

DOI 10.20380/GI2001.19

  • BibTeX

     title = {Realistic and Controllable Fire Simulation},
     author = {Philippe Beaudoin and S{'{e}}bastien Paquet and Pierre Poulin},
     booktitle = {Proceedings of the Graphics Interface 2001 Conference, June 7-9 2001, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada},
     url = {},
     year = {2001},
     month = {June},
     pages = {159--166}


We introduce a set of techniques that are used together to produce realistic-looking animations of burning objects. These include a new method for simulating spreading on polygonal meshes. A key component of our approach consists in using individual flames as primitives to animate and render the fire. This simplification enables rapid computation and gives more intuitive control over the simulation without compromising realism. It also scales well, making it possible to animate phenomena ranging from simple candle-like flames to complex, widespread fires.