Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) CPD Course

A two-day continuing professional development course, Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th April 2018

Smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) is one of the most exciting new areas in the field of computational fluid dynamics and mechanics.  The method is opening up the possibility of research and application into fields that were well beyond any modelling capability which are now being actively pursued.  The method can be applied to fluids, solids, multiple phases and is ideal for highly complex geometries and fluid-structure interaction where mesh-based methods struggle.

This new course is suitable for researchers, developers and users starting from the basics of the method through, developing theory for both fluids and solids, and then how the state-of-the-art method is applied to real applications using the DualSPHysics open-source software.

We have invited world-renowned experts in SPH from both universities and industry across Europe to give keynote lectures.

Course Programme:

Day 1: Tuesday 10 April 2018


9:30 – 10:00

Registration and Welcome

B.D. Rogers

10:00 – 10:30

Introduction to SPH: Basic Concepts

B.D. Rogers

11:30 – 12:30

Modelling Fluids: Weakly compressible and incompressible SPH

S.J. Lind

12:30 – 13:15



13:15 – 14:15

Modelling Solids: Basic Concepts and Fluid- Structure Interaction

R. Canelas

14:15 – 15:15

Hardware Acceleration

J.M. Domínguez

15:15 – 15:45



16:15 – 18:15

Practical Session with DualSPHysics






Day 2: Wednesday 11 April 2018


09:00 – 10:00

Modelling Fluids: Multi-phase SPH

B.D. Rogers

10:00 – 11:00

Industrial Perspectives

D. Violeau

11:00 – 11:30



11:30 – 12:00

State-of-the-art 1: Variable resolution & Convergence

R. Vacondio

12:30 – 13:45



13:45 – 14:45

State-of-the-art 2: Boundary conditions – Eulerian SPH & new paradigms

P.K. Stansby

14:45 – 15:15

Final Perspectives

B.D. Rogers



Contact us:

For technical contents: Dr Benedict Rogers, tel: +44 (0) 161 306 9200, email:

Who is the course for:

This course will provide an introductory training for practising engineers, consultants, researchers and research students, who may be involved in dealing with SPH in mechanical engineering, civil engineering, nuclear engineering, aerospace engineering, oil and petrochemical engineering and defence engineering and industries.

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:

  • Basic theoretical concepts
  • Basic modelling approaches
  • The latest innovations
  • Applications to cases in industry, and
  • Visualization techniques

The course will be presented by some of the world leading authorities in the field of SPH for engineering flows with guest lectures from staff working at Andritz Hydro and Electricité de France (EDF).

This short course is ideal for practising 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 five institutions: The University of Manchester (UK), The University of Vigo (Spain), Flanders Hydraulics (Belgium), University of Lisbon (Portugal) and the University of Parma (Italy):

Booking the course:

Download the SPH 2018 Course Guide‌ for further details, programme, speakers and registration.

Venue: School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, The University of Manchester

Date: 10-11th April 2018 November 2017

Course fee (including lunches and evening meal on day 1):

Full Delegate:                  £495

Student Delegate:           £345


Registration and payment

Organisational details:

Date / Duration

Two days in Manchester UK, 10 –11 April 2018


The course will be held in room H18 in the Pariser building at the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, 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 & evening meal is Full Delegate:    £495

Student Delegate:         £345

Cancellation of payments

Up to three weeks before the event: free of 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.

Cancellation by the University

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 and there is information on our website.

Course Presenters:

Course Leader: Dr Benedict Rogers

Dr Benedict Rogers is a Reader at the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering (MACE) at the University of Manchester. With his doctoral studies in numerical simulation of free-surface flow for shallow water, he has more than 15 years of experience of SPH research having published over 45 journal papers on SPH investigating fundamental formulations, hardware acceleration and engineering applications such as wave breaking, wave impact and multi-phase flows. He is the current Chair (2015-2020) of the Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics European Research Interest Community (SPHERIC), the international organization representing developers, users and researchers of SPH.


Dr Steven Lind

Dr Steven Lind is a Reader in the School of MACE in the University of Manchester. He obtained his PhD in Mathematics from Cardiff University in 2010 where he developed particle-based and spectral element numerical methods for two-phase non-Newtonian flows. He was awarded the Vernon Harrison Doctoral Prize of the British  Society of Rheology 2010. His research interests focus on developing incompressible SPH (ISPH) for multi-phase applications.


Dr Ricardo Canelas

Dr Ricardo Canelas is a Post-doctoral Researcher at the Civil Engineering department (CERIS research center) of Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal). He has 7 years of experience in research and consulting in fluvial and costal dynamics. His research activity is mainly focused on large-scale computational fluid dynamics, with its application to fluvial and coastal environments. He works on meshless and meshed models. He is a developer of DualSPHysics, geared to study free-surface problems with extreme non-linear dynamics and solid- fluid coupling, and the developing team of a high-performance 2D code for event- driven regional scale flood-risk mapping.


Dr José Domínguez

Dr José M. Domínguez Alonso is a Postdoctoral Researcher at The University of Vigo, Ourense in Spain. His research activity is mainly focused on computational fluid dynamics using HPC (High Performance Computing) and its application to coastal engineering. He is focusing on accelerating numerical models such as SPH using the High-Performance Computing. As an expert developer, he has been working during the last years using new novel technologies such as GPUs. He is one of the main developers of the DualSPHysics code.


Dr Damien Violeau

Damien has been working for 20 years at Electricité de France (EDF) where he is now Senior Researcher in hydrodynamics applied to environmental flows. He also works part of his time at the Saint-Venant Laboratory for Hydraulics, from the Université Paris-Est, and has been teaching Fluid Mechanics at Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées for more than 18 years, and more recently at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris-Saclay. His main interests are numerical modelling, turbulence, tsunamis 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 helped in developing the GPUSPH software within an international consortium. He wrote a book on SPH, published in 2012 by Oxford University Press. He is involved in several international associations, in particular IAHR (where he acts as a council member) and SHF (French Hydro Society). He is a founding member and committee member of SPHERIC being Chair from 2005-2010. In 2015 IAHR conferred him the Arthur Thomas Ippen Award.


Dr Renato Vacondio

Renato is an SIR (Scientific independence of Young Researchers) Research Fellow at the University of Parma. He obtained his PhD from the University of Parma in Italy on SPH developing a new methodology for solving shallow water flows. His research focuses on the development of variable resolution for SPH including particle splitting and merging within DualSPHysics for the Navier-Stokes equations. He organised the 2015 SPHERIC International SPH workshop at the University of Parma, is a member of the Steering Committee of SPHERIC.


Prof. Peter Stansby

Peter Stansby (FREng) has been Professor of Hydrodynamics at the University of Manchester since 1991. He is now the inaugural Osborne Reynolds Professor of Fluid Mechanics in MACE. He has a long track record in computational and experimental fluid dynamics. In his early career he worked on fluid loading on offshore structures, particularly vortex-induced vibrations. Since 2004 he has become involved in renewable energy devices: wave energy devices and marine current turbines. Importantly for the past decade he has been developing SPH particularly incompressible SPH, making several seminal contributions.

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