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Data-Augmented Contact Model for Rigid Body Simulation

Accurately modeling contact behaviors for real-world, near-rigid materials remains a grand challenge for existing rigid-body physics simulators. This paper introduces a data-augmented contact model that incorporates analytical solutions with observed data to predict the 3D contact impulse which could result in rigid bodies bouncing, sliding or spinning in all directions. Our method enhances the expressiveness of the standard Coulomb contact model by learning the contact behaviors from the observed data, while preserving the fundamental contact constraints whenever possible. For example, a classifier is trained to approximate the transitions between static and dynamic frictions, while non-penetration constraint during collision is enforced analytically. Our method computes the aggregated effect of contact for the entire rigid body, instead of predicting the contact force for each contact point individually, maintaining same simulation speed as the number of contact points increases for detailed geometries.

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Yifeng Jiang
Jiazheng Sun
C. Karen Liu
Journal Name
Learning for Dynamics & Control Conference (L4DC), 2022
Publication Date
June, 2022