Extraction of Parallel Vector Surfaces in 3D Time-Dependent Fields and Application to Vortex Core Line Tracking

H. Theisel, J. Sahner, T. Weinkauf, H. Hege, H. Seidel
IEEE Visualization 2005 - (VIS'05)  
Figure 1 : Flow behind a circular cylinder. Shown are vortex core lines in a certain frame of reference. Their evolution over time is tracked by our algorithm and depicted using transparent surfaces. Red color encodes the past while gray shows the future. ABSTRACT We introduce an approach to tracking vortex core lines in timedependent 3D flow fields which are defined by the parallel vectors approach. They build surface structures in the 4D space-time domain. To extract them, we introduce two 4D
more » ... vector fields which act as feature flow fields, i.e., their integration gives the vortex core structures. As part of this approach, we extract and classify local bifurcations of vortex core lines in space-time. Based on a 4D stream surface integration, we provide an algorithm to extract the complete vortex core structure. We apply our technique to a number of test data sets.
doi:10.1109/vis.2005.36 fatcat:t6qirzpnyfdabczqq77x3djjuq