Water Simulation

The Idea

The goal of this assignment was to write shaders and to learn various techniques for performing surface perturbation and lighting tasks. Our extension animated waves and added a droplet type effect.


We modified our displacement mapping in our vertex shader so it now took in time as a parameter. With this new parameter we could express our height function as a function of position as well as time. The waves are created by a combination of sine and cosine waves and the droplet affect is also a sine wave that is a function of the distance from the center of the texture as well as time.

The following was used to generate the regular waves:

val1 = a1* cos( 2πf * (u + c1*t)) * cos(2πf *(v + c2*t))
val2 = a2 * sin( 2πf * (u + c3*t)) * sin(2πf * (u + c4 *t))
val = val1 * (t) + val2 *(1.0 - t)
val3 = a2* sin(2πf * ((c5*u + c6*v) + c7*t))
val = val1 + val2 + val3

where val is the calculated height of the wave at point u v.

To calculate the droplet-like animation we used the following equation:

val4 = a* sin(dist *2.0πf * t)

and this val4 was added to val( the final height of the point). To have the droplet-like effect fade out we used eased it out as we eased the other function in.

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-Adriana Diakite and John Yang-Sammataro