Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH)

A two-day short course
Ideal for Continual Professional Development (CPD) credit

Water running over a small dam

Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics

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.

The University of Manchester, UK
2 Days, 23 - 24 January 2014


Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH)


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:

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).


The partners involved in the delivery of the Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics course are:

SPHysics logo The University of Manchester logo Andritz Hydro EDF

Introduction to the Speakers

Course Leader: Dr Benedict Rogers

Ben is an RCUK Research Fellow at the University of Manchester and is a core developer of SPHysics, an open-source SPH code for free-surface flows. His research interests mainly fo- cus on shallow-water hydrodynamics and numerical methods. He is a founding member of the SPH European Research Interest Community (SPHERIC) for which he is also the webmas- ter and was chair of the Local Organising Committee for the 5th International SPHERIC Workshop 2010.

Dr Jean-Christophe Marongiu

Dr Jean-Christophe Marongiu is an expert engineer working for Andritz Hydro where he specialises in SPH. He obtained his doctorate at Ecole Central de Lyon looking at the applica- tion of SPH to Pelton turbines in collaboration with world-leader Andritz Hydro. Dr Ma- rongiu's work focuses particularly on the fields of boundary conditions, alternative SPH for- mulations, multi-phase simulations and the application to hydrodynamic machinery. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of SPHERIC as one of the industrial representatives.

Dr. Alex Crespo

Alex is a Postdoctoral Researcher at The University of Vigo, Ourense in Spain. As an expert on Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics, he obtained his doctorate in 2008 developing and using SPHysics for free-surface flows. Alex has been working on SPH for six years, collaborating with people from Johns Hopkins University in US, University of Manchester, the ANDRITZ- Hydro Company in Switzerland and Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya. He is one of the core developers of the SPHysics code and nowadays he is working on High Performance Computing for SPH developing new versions of the code based on the novel hardware tech- nologies of GPUs for studying real-life engineering problems such as numerical modelling for coastal protection from extreme and dangerous events on the Spanish coasts.

Damien Violeau

Damien has been working for Electricité de France (EDF) since 1997 where he is now Expert Researcher in hydrodynamics applied to environmental flows. He also works part of his time at the Saint-Venant Laboratory for Hydraulics, from the Université de Marne-La-Vallee in Paris, and has been teaching Fluid Mechanics at Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées since 1998. His main interests are numerical modelling, turbulence and the design of waterworks. For many years now, he has conducted research on the SPH Lagrangian numerical method and supervised a small team of engineers and students who created the SPARTACUS SPH software. He is involved in several international associations, in particular IAHR and ER- COFTAC. He is a founding member and committee member of the SPH European Research Interest Community (SPHERIC) being its Chair from 2005-2010. Damien is the author of, the recently published, Fluid Mechanics and the SPH Method, by Oxford University Press.

Professor Peter Stansby

Peter is a world expert in hydrodynamics. His current research focuses on shallow water and offshore hydrodynamics and he now leads the Coastal Inundation Super Work Package in the EPSRC Flood Risk Management Research Consortium. Since 2004 he has become involved with wave energy devices, developing a particular robust point absorber, the ‘Manchester Bobber’, supported by the Carbon Trust and six industrial partners. He is currently working on developing SPH to model coastal defenses, overtopping and offshore structures.


Day 1: Thursday 23 January 2014




Day 1

Dr. B Rogers

Registration, welcome and introduction

9:30 - 10:00

Dr. B Rogers

Basics of SPH: Engineering Approach

10:00 - 11:00

Coffee 11:00 - 11:30

Dr. B Rogers

Application of conventional SPH to free-surface flow problems and other areas.

11:30 - 12:30

Lunch Break 12:30 - 13:45

Dr. A Crespo

Hardware Acceleration: High Performance Computing using GPUs

13:45 - 14:45

Tea or Coffee 14:45 - 15:15

The U-Man SPHysics team

Visualisation & Hands-on session

15:15 - 16:15

'Homework' and Course Dinner (7.30pm)

Day 2: Friday 24 January 2014

Day 2

Dr. B Rogers

Outline to Day Two

9:45 - 10:00

Dr Jean-ChristopheMarongiu (Andritz Hydro)

Basics of SPH: A mathematical Approach

10:00 - 11:00

Coffee 11:00 - 11:30 am

Damien Violeau (EDF)

Application of SPH to Industrial Cases and Turbulence Model- ling

11:30 - 12:30

Lunch 12:30 - 13:45 pm

Dr. B Rogers

New Techniques: Multi-Phase, Riemann Solvers & Applications

13:45 - 14:45

Afternoon Tea Break 14:45 - 15:15 pm

Prof. P K Stansby

New Techniques: Incompressible SPH,

15:15 - 16:15

Organisational details

Further information available on request

Date / Duration

Two days in Manchester UK, 23 –24 January 2014.


The course will be held in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering on Sackville Street in Manchester. The University is close to the city centre (a five minute walk). Piccadilly railway station and the central Chorlton Street bus station are also within walking distance.



Delegate Fee

The course fee for the two days including lunches is £495 plus VAT if applicable. (If you study at a University please contact the Course Administrator for our fee reduction details.)

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Up to three weeks before the event: a £50 admin charge; up to one week before: 50%. Non-attendance will not receive a refund. Cancellation must be in writing to the Course Administrator in advance.

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The University reserves the right to cancel the course 10 days before if there are not sufficient delegates registered.


Lunches will be provided on both days with breaks for tea and coffee in the morning and afternoon.


Delegates are asked to make their own arrangements for overnight accommodation. There are a number of hotels close to the University in central Manchester. Please contact the Course Administrator for further details.


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