Smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH)

Smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) is one of the most exciting new areas in the field of computational fluid dynamics. 

This meshless method is opening up the possibility of research into fields that were well beyond any modelling capability but are now being actively pursued, such as violent free-surface flows.

The method predicts fluid pressure, velocities, energy and particle trajectories for many types of flows making it ideal for:

  • identifying formation mechanisms of complicated flow phenomena.
  • applying to engineering problems where conventional methods fail.

SPH now represents a viable method for simulating complicated flows that are highly non-linear, have large deformation and often involve complex, free-surface motions.

Why don't you come and join us?

Our PhD projects available

Current Activities


13th - 15th November 2017, 3rd DualSPHysics Users Workshop :


Research focus

Our research looks at:

  • Developing fundamental formulations, boundary conditions.
  • Weakly compressible and incompressible SPH.
  • Depth-averaged formulations, multi-phase flows.
  • Use of graphics processing units (GPU) for accelerating SPH simulations.

Key applications

  • Wave breaking, impact and over-topping of structures such as coastal breakwaters.
  • Flooding simulations and tsunami generation.
  • Marine flows including wave energy devices and floating objects.
  • Multi-phase flows such as air-water, debris and nuclear sludge.


Academic Staff: Dr Ben Rogers, Prof Peter Stansby, Dr Stephen Lind

Please contact one of the academic staff for further details of current research activity.

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