A new ChainMail approach for real-time soft tissue simulation

Jinao Zhang, Yongmin Zhong, Julian Smith, Chengfan Gu

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ABSTRACT: This paper presents a new ChainMail method for real-time soft tissue simulation. This method enables the use of different material properties for chain elements to accommodate various materials. Based on the ChainMail bounding region, a new time-saving scheme is developed to improve computational efficiency for isotropic materials. The proposed method also conserves volume and strain energy. Experimental results demonstrate that the proposed ChainMail method can not only accommodate isotropic, anisotropic and heterogeneous materials but also model incompressibility and relaxation behaviors of soft tissues. Further, the proposed method can achieve real-time computational performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)246-252
Number of pages7
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2016


  • ChainMail method
  • real-time performance
  • soft tissue deformation
  • surgery simulation

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