CollidingBalls

This page is about my 2D colliding balls simulator. It is a discrete-event simulator of Newtonian mechanics, with fully elastic ball-ball and ball-wall collisions. It can handle a fairly large number of balls because the simulated model is subdivided in cells (rectangular compartments). But enough talk, let's start with some screenshots!

Screen shot of pool table Screen shot of pool table
The classical pool table setup After the first hit ...

The real power of this simulator is its ability to read configuration files. These files are specified in a medium-level programming language, and can therefore be quite complex. See for example this collider file (0.80 KB). The following screenshot was made during the simulation of that file.

Funky setup
Eight-sided pool table, radial launch of multiple balls

Here is another example of a simulated collision. We use balls of different mass. The purple balls come from below, and uniformly speed toward the black ball triangle in a square. The impact is quite small, for the purple balls are very light. It takes a long time before the black balls are uniformly distributed over the enclosing many-angle.

And here is another one:

The executable archive is here: JAR (0.53 MB). You can find some example initialisation files here.

The program is copyright 2005 by Wouter Koolen-Wijkstra. You can download the source code here: ZIP (46 KB). The code is released under the terms of the GNU GPL