Workshop topics

The workshop exclusively focuses on the Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) methodology and related simulation approaches. The SPH method was initially developed to study the development of galaxies in astrophysics. Yet, a number of developments based on this approach have been launched by various research teams in association with e.g. environmental engineering, applied solid mechanics, marine and coastal engineering, nuclear power engineering, medical engineering and geotechnical applications, amongst others.

Applications involve macro-scale to submicro-scale problems. Prominent examples refer to tsunami and landslide simulations, cosmic structure formation and galaxy collisions, liquid gas sloshing in LNG tankers, solid fracturing due to high-velocity impact, wave energy generation using floating bobber arrays, slamming loads on offshore structures, flooding of ships sections, decay of tip vortices behind aircrafts and human lung respiration simulations, amongst others. Due to the huge computational effort associated to SPH simulations, a significant branch of SPH research is concerned with high-performance computing on the most recent hardware technologies (e.g. massively parallel CPU & GPU computing). Moreover, the methodology is often applied to achieve ambitious virtual-reality animations and to support the virtual training, e.g. of medical students.

With the recent creation of the SPHERIC Grand Challenge Working Group, a particular attention will be given to papers related to the theory of SPH.

Authors must use at least 3 of these bullet items to categorise their abstracts:

Computational Modelling using SPH

  • Free Surface and Moving Boundaries Applications
  • Solids and Structures
  • Multiple Continua and Multi-Phase Flows
  • Modelling of Viscosity and Turbulence
  • Modelling of Incompressible Flows
  • Complex Physics

Theoretical and Numerical Aspects of SPH (SPHERIC Grand Challenges)

  • Convergence
  • Numerical Stability
  • Boundary conditions
  • Adaptivity (variable resolution)


  • High-Performance Computing
  • Hardware Acceleration
  • Pre-processing and visualization

Alternative Formulations and Particle-based Simultion Technique

  • Alternative approaches such as Voronoi-particle, FV-particle, adaptive SPH (e.g. RSPH, ASPH)
  • New applications of SPH (e.g. shallow-water, laser cutting)

SPH applications

  • Hydraulic Applications
  • Maritime and Naval Architecture Applications
  • Process Engineering
  • Geotechnical Applications
  • Micro Fluidics
  • Astrophysics
  • Solids and Fracture Mechanics
  • Biomechanics
  • Disaster Simulations