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An Evaluation of Open Source Physics Engines for Use in Virtual Reality Assembly Simulations

Hummel, Johannes and Wolff, Robin and Stein, Tobias and Gerndt, Andreas and Kuhlen, Torsten (2012) An Evaluation of Open Source Physics Engines for Use in Virtual Reality Assembly Simulations. In: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 7432, pp. 346-357. Springer. International Symposium on Visual Computing (ISVC), 2012, 16.-18. Juli 2012, Rethymnon, Crete, Greece. ISBN 978-3-642-33190-9.


Official URL: http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-642-33191-6_34


We present a comparison of five freely available physics engines with specific focus on robotic assembly simulation in virtual reality (VR) environments. The aim was to evaluate the engines with generic settings and minimum parameter tweaking. Our benchmarks consider the minimum collision detection time for a large number of objects, restitution characteristics, as well as constraint reliability and body inter-penetration. A further benchmark tests the simulation of a screw and nut mechanism made of rigid-bodies only, without any analytic approximation. Our results show large deviations across the tested engines and reveal benefits and disadvantages that help in selecting the appropriate physics engine for assembly simulations in VR.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/79462/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Title:An Evaluation of Open Source Physics Engines for Use in Virtual Reality Assembly Simulations
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Hummel, JohannesGerman Aerospace Center (DLR), GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Wolff, RobinGerman Aerospace Center (DLR), GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Stein, TobiasOtto-von-Guericke University, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Gerndt, AndreasGerman Aerospace Center (DLR), GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Kuhlen, TorstenVirtual Reality Group, RWTH Aachen University, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Date:August 2012
Journal or Publication Title:Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 346-357
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iD
Bebis, GeorgeDepartment of Computer Science, University of NevadaUNSPECIFIED
Boyle, RichardNASA Ames Research CenterUNSPECIFIED
Parvin, BahramLawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryUNSPECIFIED
Koracin, DarkoDesert Research InstituteUNSPECIFIED
Fowlkes, CharlessDepartment of Computer Science, University of California at IrvineUNSPECIFIED
Wang, SenEastman Kodak CompanyUNSPECIFIED
Choi, Min-HyungDepartment of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Colorado at DenverUNSPECIFIED
Mantler, StephanVRVis Zentrum für Virtual Reality and VisualisierungUNSPECIFIED
Schulze, JürgenCalifornia Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, University of California,,UNSPECIFIED
Acevedo, DanielKAUST Visualizatioin Core Lab.UNSPECIFIED
Mueller, KlausStony Brook UniversityUNSPECIFIED
Papka, MichaelArgonne National LaboratoryUNSPECIFIED
Series Name:Advances in Visual Computing
Keywords:physics engines, assembly simulation, virtual reality, benchmark
Event Title:International Symposium on Visual Computing (ISVC), 2012
Event Location:Rethymnon, Crete, Greece
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:16.-18. Juli 2012
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space System Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Space System Technology
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Projekt On-Orbit Verification (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institut of Simulation and Software Technology
Institut of Simulation and Software Technology > Software for Space Systems and Interactive Visualisation
Deposited By: Hummel, Johannes Wolfgang
Deposited On:13 Dec 2012 15:54
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 19:38

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