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Colliding a box with the floor

  1. Jun 9, 2008 #1
    I am programming a simple physics engine for a game.

    I am colliding a box with the 'floor' (inverseMass = 0). I detect the vertices of the box that collide with the floor, calculate the impulse required to get the box to bounce for each contact, and apply it to that contact. The calculation for the impulse uses the standard forumula :

    n is the contactNormal;
    iitw is the inverseInertiaTensor in world coordinates of the box
    r = relative position of contact point w.r.t centre of mass i.e (contactPoint - position of centre of mass)
    e = restitution

    numerator = -(1+e)relativeVelocity.Dot(n)
    denominator = (n.Dot(n) * inverseMass) + ((iitw*r.Cross(n)).Cross(r)).Dot(n)
    impulse = numerator/denominator;

    I find that this works when the box is a cube (length = breadth = height ) and bouncing with its base parallel to the floor. If all dimensions are not equal - or the box is tilted a bit it is wrong.
    Could somebody point out what I am doing wrong?
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  3. Jun 9, 2008 #2


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    It the box is tilted then one corner or edge will hit the floor first- the force will not be through the center of mass of the box. Are you taking into account the torque on the box?
  4. Jun 9, 2008 #3
    yes - thats what the relative contact position etc.. does
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