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 ):
Yeaw Chu Lee ( Heriot-Watt University ):
[*]  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 ):

Future SIG Events

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

Following the first SPH SIG virtual seminar in November 2020 (talks recorded and are available via our YouTube channel), the SPH SIG is hosting the first workshop of the EPSRC ExCALIBUR working group on Massively Parallel Particle Hydrodynamics

Registration can be made via Eventbrite before the 24th of February 2021:

UKFN SPH SIG Virtual Meeting 2 Agenda

This will be the first in a series of workshops, with the second expected in April 2021.

The SPH SIG is continuing into 2021 and beyond. The SIG's external mailing list will also continue indefinitely, if you would like to be added to this then please contact Stephen Longshaw at UKRI-STFC.

SPH SIG Committee

The current committee is as follows:

  1. Dr Stephen Longshaw (UKRI-STFC): Chair
  2. Prof. Benedict Rogers (University of Manchester)
  3. Dr Steven Lind (University of Manchester)
  4. Prof. Richard Bower (Durham University)
  5. Dr Thomas Rendall (University of Bristol)
  6. Dr Tom De Vuyst (University of Hertfordshire)

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

SIG Event History

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. If you would like to join us then please register and joining details will be sent to you nearer the time.

All talks were recorded and are aailable 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 enginering 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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