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Simulating Realistic Wildfires in 3D

The new approach recreates the combustion process in a realistic way.

Have a look at a paper by Torsten Hädrich, Daniel T. Banuti, Wojciech Pałubicki, Sören Pirk, and Dominik L. Michels from KAUST that discusses a novel method for simulating wildfires. The team's main goal was to realistically capture the combustion process of individual trees and the resulting propagation of fires at the scale of forests.

"We rely on a state-of-the-art modeling approach for large-scale ecosystems that enables us to represent each plant as a detailed 3D geometric model," states the abstract. "We introduce a novel mathematical formulation for the combustion process of plants – also considering effects such as heat transfer, char insulation, and mass loss – as well as for the propagation of fire through the entire ecosystem."

The team thinks the model's main strength is the ability to simulate the interplay of geometric variations of branching structures and the dynamics of fire and wood combustion. They also noted that the model runs at interactive rates allowing users to experiment with different scenarios. 

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