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This shelf tool sets up a sparse pyro simulation of a medium-size explosion. Rather than building a DOP network, it uses the SOP-level tools to build a simple network to work with sparse pyro.
The explosion consists of an initial blast, followed by a rising fireball. As long as there are sufficient reactants (corresponding to the emissive
flame field), the fireball will continuously emit soot and heat and continue to expand. These various outputs, as well as the time it takes the fireball to burn up, are controlled through parameters on the Flames tab of the Pyro Solver.
Using Simple Fireball
Click the Simple Fireball tool on the Simple FX tab.
Select the location of the fireball in the viewport.
Understanding Simple Fireball
If you have a Houdini FX License, you can dive inside the solver and edit the subnet with custom DOP forces. Otherwise, you can stay at the SOP level and use the exposed parameters on the node.
create_burnsets up the temperature and burn sources. Burn gets merged with the pyro
flamefield (to refresh the available reactants) and the
divergencefield (causing the initial outward explosion). Rates of the sourced values are animated through the Scale parameters of the Pyro Source node.
The shape of the base is determined by the geometry of the starting node in the chain, which is a sphere by default.
The parameters on the Pyro Solver SOP have the greatest influence on the motion and emergent shape of the fireball and its smoke.
To... Do this
Change the color of the smoke based on density
Change the menu next to Smoke Color from Constant to Use Ramp.
Set the Density Range parameter to control the color of the smoke at given density values.
Set the Smoke Color Ramp to change the color of the smoke based on Density Range.
Change the color of the smoke based on how light scatters through the volume
Change the Absorption Color. The value of
0.3(blue) could be a good starting point for more realistic looking smoke.
Scale smoke density using an other volume
Turn on the Use Control Volume checkbox.
Set Density Control Volume on the Bindings tabs to the field that you want to use to affect the density. Usually
flameare good choices for this purpose.
You can download a fully configured, production ready version of this shelf tool from the SideFX Content Library.