Smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH)


This SIG brings together researchers from across the UK that use or are interested in applying meshless methods to their fluid dynamics (or related) problems, with a particular emphasis on smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH). Domains covered by this SIG are varied, ranging from all aspects of engineering through to astrophysics.


L = leader; C = co-leader; * = Other key personnel

[L]  Stephen Longshaw ( Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) ):
[C]  Benedict Rogers ( University of Manchester ):
Charles Moulinec ( Daresbury Laboratory (STFC) ):
[*]  Thomas Rendall ( University of Bristol ):
[C]  Yeaw Chu Lee ( Heriot-Watt University ):
[C]  Georgios Fourtakas ( University of Manchester ):
Annelie Baines ( University of Manchester ):
Chris Thompson ( IBM Research ):
Richard Southern ( Bournemouth University ):
Samuele De Guido
Alessio Alexiadis ( University of Birmingham ):
Milos Stanic
Matthieu Schaller ( University of Durham ):
[*]  Aaron English ( University of Manchester ):
Matthias Mimault ( The James Hutton Institute; University of Dundee ):
Alex Chow ( University of Manchester ):
Ahmad Wael Al Shaer ( University of Central Lancashire ):
Mehrdad Manzari ( University of Aberdeen ):
[C]  Steven Lind ( University of Manchester ):

Future SIG Events

Please refer back for news about future SPH SIG meetings, both virtual and in-person.

The SIG's mailing list is handled using an external resource, if you would like to be added to this then please contact Stephen Longshaw

Upcoming Events

The SPH SIG organiss regular seminar events where SPH researchers give short talks about various aspects of their use and development of the SPH method. It also organises longer, more in-depth talks called deep-dives which see hour-long lectures from prominent SPH researchers both UK based and international.

Where possible, all SPH SIG talks are recorded and added to our YouTube channel.

SPH SIG Virtual Seminar Series

  • Virtual Seminar 4 - Late 2021 (details TBC)

SPH SIG Deep-Dives

  Name Title Date & Time Institution Register
Dr Jack King A generalised framework for consistent mesh-free schemes and bridging the gap between SPH and high-order finite difference schemes 14:00 - 15:00 20th October 2021 The University of Manchester Register here
Dr Sivakumar Kulasegaram TBC 14:00 - 15:00 15th December 2021 The University of Cardiff Register here














SPH SIG Committee

The current committee is as follows:

  • Dr Stephen Longshaw (UKRI-STFC): Chair
  • Prof. Benedict Rogers (University of Manchester)
  • Dr Steven Lind (University of Manchester)
  • Prof. Richard Bower (Durham University)
  • Dr Thomas Rendall (University of Bristol)
  • Dr Tom De Vuyst (University of Hertfordshire)
  • Dr Yeaw Chu Lee (University of Plymouth)

This committee is open to expansion, so if you feel you would like to join then please contact the chair.

SIG Event History

SIG Deep-dive 1: SPH Method for Astrophysics: Computational Challenges - 25th August 2021

Dr Matthieu Schaller gave the first SPH SIG deep-dive talk around the SPH method for astrophysics and the computational challenges associated with simulating problems with billions of particles on the latest supercomputers. 

You can view his talk on the SIG YouTube channel.

SIG Meeting 8: Virtual Seminar Series 3 - 21st July 2021

The SPH SIG hosted the third in its virtual seminar series on the 21st of July 2021. This was a round-table overview of 5 researchers working on or with SPH. The agenda can be seen below.

All talks were recorded and are available to view via our YouTube channel.

SIG Meeting 7: ExCALIBUR Massively Parallel Particle Hydrodynamics for Engineering and Astrophysics Workshop 1 - 25th February 2021

The SPH SIG hosted its second meeting in its virtual series successfully. This was a focused session looking at perspectives around exascale computing and SPH from six industrial and academic speakers. This event was held in conjunction with the ExCALIBUR design and development working group on Massively Parallel Particle Hydrodynamics. The agenda can be seen below.

Most talks were recorded and are available via our new YouTube channel any future recordings related to the SIG will be made available here.

UKFN SPH SIG Virtual Meeting 2 Agenda

SIG Meeting 6: Virtual Seminar Series 1 - 25th November 2020

The SPH SIG hosted its first virtual meeting in its new virtual series successfully. This was a round-table overview of 6 early-career researchers working on or with SPH. The agenda can be seen below.

All talks were recorded and are available via our new YouTube channel any future recordings related to the SIG will be made available here.

SIG Meeting 5: The Ogden Centre, Hosted by Durham University - 28th - 29th November 2019

This final meeting of the UK Fluids Network sponsored series saw talks spread over two days from the UK's astrophysics and engineering communities. Both presented the best of the SPH outputs from each community, highlighting achievements of the method to date and where its challenges lie in the future. Download a full report of the meeting here.

UKFN SPH SIG Meeting 5 at Durham University

SIG Meeting 4: National Structural Integrity Research Centre, Granta Centre, Hosted by Brunel University London - 10th July 2019

This meeting saw the SPH SIG present the current state of the art for SPH modelling, as well vendors of commercial and open-source SPH software describing what it can be practically used for. Download a full report of the meeting here.

SPH SIG Meeting 4 Group Photo

A number of presentations given at the meeting have also been released for download by their authors:

SIG Meeting 3: The Centre for Modelling and Simulation, Hosted by The University of Bristol - 18th December 2018

This meeting saw potential industrial use cases presented to the members of the SPH SIG and also provided a platform for those using SPH for Astrophysics and Computer Graphics applications. Download a full report of the meeting here.

SPH SIG Meeting 3 Group Photo

SIG Meeting 2: Hosted by The University of Manchester - 12th April 2018

The second SPH SIG meeting saw SPH presented in terms of practical application areas, with SIG members talking about their individual uses of the SPH method, showing the variety of problems it can be applied to. A full report can be downloaded here.

SPH SIG Meeting 2 Group Photo

SIG Meeting 1: Daresbury Laboratory, Hosted by The Science and Technology Facilities Council - 12th July 2017

The first SPH SIG meeting took place at UKRI-STFC's Daresbury Laboratory in Warrington. This was the SIGs klick-off meeting and provided a platform for people to talk about their current research as well as a lively debate on how SIG meetings should be themed going forwards and how the SIG membership can be grown. A full report can be downloaded here.

SPH SIG Meeting 1 Group Photo

Upcoming Courses and Workshops in the SPH community

4th DualSPhysics User Workshop, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, LISBON, Portugal, 22-24 October 2018.

2020 SPHERIC Harbin International Workshop, Harbin Engineering University (HEU), Harbin, China, 13-16 January 2020.

15th International SPHERIC SPH Workshop, New Jersey Institute of Technology, US, 15-18 June 2020 (including 1-day SPHERIC Training Day).

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