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Kider, J., Raja, S., & Badler, N., Fruit Senescence and Decay Simulation, Eurographics 2011, doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8659.2011.01857.x


Aging and imperfections provide important visual cues for realism. We present a novel physically-based approach for simulating the biological aging and decay process in fruits. This method simulates interactions between multiple processes. Our biologically-derived, reaction-diffusion model generates growth patterns for areas of fungal and bacterial infection. Fungal colony spread and propagation is affected by both bacterial growth and nutrient depletion. This process changes the physical properties of the surface of the fruit as well as its internal volume substrate. The fruit is physically simulated with parameters such as skin thickness and porosity, water content, flesh rigidity, ambient temperature, humidity, and proximity to other surfaces. Our model produces a simulation that closely mirrors the progression of decay in real fruits under similar parameterized conditions. Additionally, we provide a tool that allows artists to customize the input of the program to produce generalized fruit simulations.



Date Posted: 18 July 2012