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Curl Noise Fluid Affector

Curl Noise Fluid Affector

Applies curl noise velocities to Particles.



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This node gives the affected particles a fluid-like motion. This is typically used to make particles move in a turbulent but spatially coherent manner with local eddies like smoke or liquid. The motion is generated procedurally using Curl Noise rather than simulated so it doesn’t incur the performance overhead of a fluid solver.

The effect is weighted by a falloff calculated using the distance from the node to the particle, ramping from 100% at distance zero down to 0% at the distance specified by the Radius attribute.

All nodes connected to this node are treated as if flowing to the parent node, and inherits any transformation changes along the chain.


These properties control the 3D transforms of the node. Transforms will generally be inherited by child nodes, although they can be ignored through the Inherit Transform Channels attributes.

Position XMove along the local x-axis.
Position YMove along the local y-axis.
Position ZMove along the local z-axis.
Rotation HeadingRotate around the local y-axis.
Rotation PitchRotate around the local x-axis.
Rotation BankRotate around the local z-axis.
Scale XScale along the local x-axis.
Scale YScale along the local y-axis.
Scale ZScale along the local z-axis.

Toggle which transform channels should be inherited from the parent node. By default, all transforms will be inherited.

Position XToggle inheritance of the X Position from the parent.
Position YToggle inheritance of the Y Position from the parent.
Position ZToggle inheritance of the Z Position from the parent.
Rotation HeadingToggle inheritance of the Rotation Heading from the parent.
Rotation PitchToggle inheritance of the Rotation Pitch from the parent.
Rotation BankToggle inheritance of the Rotation Bank from the parent.
Scale XToggle inheritance of the X Scale from the parent.
Scale YToggle inheritance of the Y Scale from the parent.
Scale ZToggle inheritance of the Z Scale from the parent.
World Position OnlyInherit the world position from the parent only, rotation and scale will be ignored. Overrides above properties.
Inherit TimeToggle inheritance of time from the parent.

These properties control the core behaviours of the node.

Fluid Simulation SpeedSpeed at which the fluid simulation updates.
Curl Noise AmountControls the magnitude of the motion applied to the particles.
Noise SizeControls the size of the noise curls.
Normalise Noise ParametersAutomatically balance the curl noise amount when the noise size changes.
RadiusAlter the outer radius at which the affector is no longer effective.
RandomnessHow much randomness is added in the particles movement.
Life Effect CoeffsHow much the particles are affected by the affector at different stages of the particles life cycle. Values 1 and 2 are control points used to control a bezier curve between values 0 and 3.


NameDescriptionTypical Input
Velocity TransformCan be used to apply an additional transform to the velocities generated by the node.Null
Mask NodeMask out areas that particles cannot spawn.Image Plane
Affected EmittersChoose which particle emitters can be affected by the affector.Primitive Emitter
Procedural FalloffUse the distance field from a procedural system to vary how strong the affector is.Procedural Root
Transform ModifiersApply the transforms of another node to this node.Null
Target NodeModifiy the rotations of the node to always direct the z axis towards the input.Null
Local Transform OverrideApply the transforms of another node to this node, relative to its parent.Null