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Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics

23-24 January 2014

The course is aimed at practicing engineers and graduate researchers in all fields of fluid flow simulation who wish to discover the latest research and applications in the novel field of Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH). This course is aimed at the beginner and will cover, basic and theoretical concepts, latest innovations, applications to cases in industry and visualisation techniques.


Smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) is a meshless computational method for potentially highly violent fluid flows. SPH is perfect for flows where there is very large deformation with arbitrarily complex moving boundaries. The method is now attracting considerable interest from industry for solving a range of difficult problems where conven- tional Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) methods have great difficulty.

SPH is now starting to be applied in fields as diverse as astrophysics, ballistics, nuclear flows, coastal engineering and applications that involve engineering fluid flows such as injection moulding, glass and type manufacture.

SPH and the University of Manchester

The School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering has been researching SPH for over five years and is one of the few locations in the world where research is conducted into compressible and incompressible methods with acceleration on novel computer hardware. SPH activities in Manchester are developing the application of the tech- nique to coastal defences, wave energy devices, shallow water flooding and inundation and turbulent flows. Guest lecturers from Ecole Centrale de Lyon (ECL) in France, The University of Vigo, Ourense in Spain and Electricite de France (EDF) are world experts in the state-of-the-art application of SPH to hydraulic machines along with turbu- lence and industrial flow cases, respectively.

This course will appeal to practising engineers, who deal with fluid-flow problems, in the aerospace, civil engineering, oil and petro-chemical industries, and other industries that deal with the problem of fluid dy- namics. The course will appeal to graduate engineering students and also designers, engineers, and manag- ers who need updating in the latest developments in this area.

Who is the course for?

This course will provide a perfect initial training for practicing engineers, who deal with fluid flows problems, in the aerospace, civil engineering, oil and petro-chemical industries and other industries that deal with the problem of fluid dynamics. The course will also appeal to graduate engineering students and also designers, engineers and managers who need updating in the latest developments in this area.

Course Content

The course will consist of an introduction to SPH with a special emphasis on presenting the basic and fundamental concepts of the technique, then moving onto some of the generic features of an SPH computation scheme in addition to presenting some of the latest state-of-the-art developments such as important formulations, preparation of real cases and use of appropriate computer hardware.

The two-days will cover:

  • Basic theoretical concepts
  • The latest innovations
  • Applications to cases in industry
  • Visualization techniques

The course will be presented by some of the world leading authorities in the field of SPH for engineering flows with guest lectures from Andritz Hydro.

This short course is ideal for practicing engineers and researchers who may be familiar with the principles of SPH but are beginning their work in the field. More experienced SPH developers and users may find this a useful opportunity for gaining and sharing new insights and ideas. The course will supplement the standard literature with an up-to-date overview, practical advice and a detailed treatment of relevant topics.

The course will include a practical hands-on session using the open source code DualSPHysics an international collaboration between The University of Manchester (UK) and The University of Vigo (Spain).

More details and booking information here.


Event Type: Course
Location: Manchester UK
Date: January 23, 2014