Essential Sheetflows Medium Length Kit


This set of six of the most common kinds of sheet waterfalls is intended for architects who need to incorporate physically accurate waterfalls into their designed structures.

Sheet flow waterfalls appear in a wide variety of designed structures such as swimming pools, reflecting pools, plaza centerpieces, garden pools and signage structures. They are the product of industry-standard stainless steel “sheet blades” that are plumbed and embedded in fabricated rock walls, pool edges or other sources (see one of the last pictures below). Here, we have modeled a physically accurate sheet blade and created the waterfalls produced by it using real world physics. These are what you would achieve and display if you were to build a structure using an industry-standard sheet blade in your architectural product.

The six common types of sheet waterfalls used in the industry that are produced by the standard length blade are —

  • Standard sheet type waterfall
  • Arc type waterfall (with a slight upward angle and higher psi water pressure)
  • Curtain type waterfall (with lower psi water pressure)
  • Rippled Curtain type waterfall (with small fins set into the stainless blade)
  • Rainfall 1 type waterfall (irregular waterfall pattern)
  • Rainfall 2 type waterfall (with small pipe cylinders set into the stainless blade)

Because these sheetflows typically are used to pour into a pool of some type, the nature of the splash foot (foam) created by the sheetflow is fairly important. These sheetflows automatically generate realistic foam or splash at their bottom tips. They way this splash or foam impacts the pool surface depends upon how you have positioned the sheetflow and the nature of the surface the sheetflow is contacting. In all cases, it should look pretty natural.  To facilitate positioning the splash foot, there are controls that allow you to fine-tune the height of each sheetflow so that the splash foot is exactly positioned on the surface of a pool.

These six simulations are extremely robust and stable for use in a wide variety of circumstances. They render very quickly. Imported into your architectural visualizations, either as individual 3d models or as animated videos, these simulations will display a physically accurate render of the water flowing from your designed structure.

It is possible for you to easily change a wide variety of each sheet waterfall’s flow properties (thickness, turbulence, etc.) to create many types of attractive renders.  The included documentation explains some ways to do these things. But please keep in mind that the settings for each waterfall have been designed to represent the actual physical appearance of sheetflows generated by industry-standard sheetflow blade.User controls are described in the Details Section below.


The six waterfalls in this Essential Sheetflows Medium Length Kit are medium height – about twice as long as the sheetflows in the Essentials … Short Length Kit. Each scene file has the stainless steel blade spigot and a waterfall that automatically forms foam at its base.

The gross physical characteristics of each type of sheetflow are matched to test basin measurement data and to photographic evidence.

The very realistic splash feet for these waterfall piece, and the ability to customize the features of the splash and the sheetflow are created via a “script” (a Python program), unlike most of the products in this store. To make the user controls particularly easy to use and to keep the scripts hidden away in the background, the user controls are presented in a popup panel for each of the six types of sheetflows.

To use these, you will need to first customize your Realflow program a little bit by adding another “shelf” to hold “buttons” for each of the six sheetflow control panels. Each button loads a specific sheetflow into Realflow and brings up its control panel. Making this additional shelf and loading the buttons is very easy, and is a one-time operation. Instructions for doing these things are included in the documentation for these sheetflows. Once this is done, you just press the appropriate button, and either run the simulation for that sheetflow, or make any of the following adjustments to the sheetflow, and then run it. (It is good to have this particular shelf.  It will be useful for other products in this Store, and also can be used to give access to the free utilities for Realflow that are coming into the Store during June 2016.)

The Control Panel for each of these sheetflows gives you the following capabilities —

  •     You can change the speed of the waterfall sheet, and you can change the duration and timing of the sheetflow.
  •     You can adjust the height of each sheetflow to exactly fit your structure.
  •     You can change the thickness of the sheetflow (with the exception of the Rainfall Type 2 sheetflow).
  •     You can change the height of the splashing foot.
  •     You can change the width and spread of the splashing foot.
  •     You can change the thickness of the foam.

In addition, each sheetflow can have wind or breezes blow across them.  All user controls are fully described in the included documentation.


Close up of splashing foam at foot of sheetfall

Preview Of Standard Sheet Type Waterfall

Preview Of Rippled Curtain Type

Preview Of Arc Sheet Type

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