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Method and apparatus for modeling interactions

United States Patent

June 18, 2002
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The present invention provides a method and apparatus for modeling interactions that overcomes drawbacks. The method of the present invention comprises representing two bodies undergoing translations by two swept volume representations. Interactions such as nearest approach and collision can be modeled based on the swept body representations. The present invention is more robust and allows faster modeling than previous methods.
Xavier; Patrick G. (Albuquerque, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
09/ 062,333
April 17, 1998
This invention was made with Government support under Contract DE-AC04-94AL85000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.