Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Digital Production Arts
An art tool is presented that utilizes a method for simulating the motion of ships in response to hydrostatic forces on the hull from a height-field representation of an ocean surface. Other forces modeled as a PID controller aid to steer the ship and stabilize the motion. The algorithms described can be applied to 3D models of arbitrary shapes composed of polygons "floating" on height fields generated from a myriad of additional spectra. The performance of the method is demonstrated in simple and complex ships, and ocean surfaces of at, medium, and large waveheights.
Burke, Reagan Samuel, "Rigid Body Dynamics of Ship Hulls via Hydrostatic Forces Calculated From FFT Ocean Height Fields" (2021). All Theses. 3556.