General tips to tame simulations that are jittery?

Hey! I have a sim setup that is kinetic. What are some tips for taming the rigids? What I have done is increased the time scale and scene scale so they move around less. Any other tips?

Hey Geordie,

I think increasing the “Damping” will help. The more the smoother.
giving more Substeps and Iterations also help. (8 to 12)

Hope that helps!

I use 10 by default. It does help.

Hi Geordie,
It could also be coming from your sim groups colliding with each other ? have you got a video you can share?

When it comes to taming the solver, there is a clip from Futurama I think illustrates this well. :blush:

In this case, the car is our solver, Stiffness is the AC whereas Damping is the Heater. They are in direct contradiction to each other.

A high Pose Stiffness means:

I want you to reach this exact angle, fast

Whereas a high Pose Damping means.

I want you to avoid moving fast

Another way to phrase it is that Stiffness relates to reaching a position or orientation, whereas Damping relates to the velocity (speed) in which it gets there. The faster something moves, the greater of an effect Damping will have. It is the amount of opposite force you should apply to any motion.

A Pose Damping = 10 is very high, probably much too high. It likely means there is Stiffness somewhere with too high of a value. Damping should generally never need a value beyond 0-1. At least not how it exists today, because Damping is actually a Damping Ratio. Meaning that a value of 1 means it will have as much Damping as there is Stiffness. And there is rarely a reason for there to be more Damping than Stiffness.

All of this said, there are more reasons for the solver to struggle. An example is really the only way to illustrate what you are seeing, otherwise these recommendations may not work or may even be counterproductive.

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Thank you. I’m just trying to correlate terminology with the underlying logic I know from other solvers I have worked with. I got it sorted out.

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