Collaboration with industry
We are an active member of the SPH European Research Interest Community (SPHERIC) and organised the 5th International SPHERIC Workshop in 2010. The group is part of the SPHysics consortium which releases the open-source SPH code, and also helps in the development of the EDF SPH code SPARTACUS. Recently, the first two day Short Course on SPH was held in Manchester, with more courses planned for the future.
EDF is a major sponsor of work in the School. EDF has helped fund several students over the past few years (Arno Mayrhofer, Martin Ferrand, Eun-sug Lee, Réza Issa). The School also has excellent links and collaboration with Damien Violeau (formerly Chair of SPHERIC) helping to develop the EDF SPH code SPARTACUS for industrial application, such as spillway design.
National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL)
The National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) is a major industrial partner with The University of Manchester working very closely with the Dalton Research Centre. NNL are sponsoring one of our PhD students with a CASE award to use SPH to study the flows involved in nuclear decommissioning.
The University of Manchester runs an annual 2-day short course on Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) suitable for engineers and scientists. Courses have been run in the spring of every year since 2010.
The 2-day course is intended for professionals and graduate students in areas of engineering fluid mechanics including coastal and shallow water hydrodynamics, and other flows such as marine, structures, fluid/structure interaction, sloshing, flooding, multi-phase flows, debris, slurry, etc. SPH is a meshless computational method for potentially highly violent fluid flows where there is very large deformation with arbitrarily complex moving boundaries.
Manchester has been researching SPH for many years and is one of the few locations in the world with expertise in both compressible and incompressible methods with acceleration on novel computer hardware. Guest lecturers on the course will include world experts from academia and industry including Electricité de France (EDF), University of Vigo in Spain and Andritz in Switzerland presenting the state-of-the-art application of SPH to coastal defences, hydraulic machines along with turbulence, industrial flow cases and GPUs. This course has run since 2010 with very positive feedback from delegates.
Topics included: The course will consist of an introduction to SPH with a special emphasis on presenting the basic and fundamental concepts of the technique, multi-phase applications, then moving onto some of the latest state-of-the-art developments:
• Basic theoretical concepts,
• The latest innovations
• Applications to cases in industry, and
• DualSPHysics Hands-on Session: Running & visualising simulations (run by DualSPHysics team)
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