13th International SPHERIC Workshop

Date: 25/06/2018 - 28/06/2018

Location: Galway, Ireland


Organiser: SIG40  

Coordinators: Quinlan, N.J.

ERCOFTAC Member: Benedict Rogers


Galway, Ireland, 26-28 June 2018

The 13th SPHERIC International Workshop, 26-28 June 2018, will consist of a single track of keynote lectures, short research presentations, and panel discussion, with plenty of opportunities to meet and exchange ideas over three days. Presentations are accompanied by full-length papers in proceedings provided to attendees. The workshop will be of interest to all developers and users of Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) and related methods. Topics range from fundamental mathematics and numerics, to novel algorithms, implementation, and applications. Abstracts should be submitted by 23 February.

Before the main workshop, the optional training day on the 25th of June will provide an intensive theoretical and hands-on introduction to state-of-the-art SPH. This is ideal for students beginning their work in the field, but may also be of interest to seasoned researchers who want to explore a specific topic in depth or brush up on software skills.


The SPHERIC Workshop series is highly focused on Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) and related methods. SPH and other meshless particle approaches have unique strengths for modelling fluids and solids with dynamic free surfaces or interfaces.

The Workshop is open to all aspects of research and applications of SPH and related methods.


Topics include development of numerical algorithms and analysis and evaluation of new or existing algorithms in SPH or related methods. High-performance computing, including GPUs, is also a major research theme. The community particularly welcomes work that addresses the SPHERIC Grand Challenges (GC). Research topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Convergence, consistency and stability (GC1)
  • Boundary conditions (GC2)
  • Adaptivity and variable resolution (GC3)
  • Coupling to other methods (GC4)
  • Free surfaces and moving boundaries
  • Solids and structures
  • Multiple continua and multi-phase flow
  • Viscosity and turbulence
  • Incompressible flow
  • Complex physics
  • High-performance computing
  • Hardware acceleration
  • Pre-processing and visualisation
  • Alternative and novel formulations (FVPM, MPS, RSPH…)


Abstracts dealing with the application of SPH to challenging or new real-life problems are encouraged, and will be reviewed in a separate stream. SPHERIC Grand Challenge #5, Applicability to Industry, defines generic aspects of SPH which must be advanced to foster the method’s diffusion and adoption in industry. The following indicative list of application domains is by no means complete, and the Workshop would welcome presentations of the extension of SPH into new fields.

  • Applicability to industry (GC5)
  • Hydraulic applications
  • Maritime and naval architecture applications
  • Biomechanics and Medical Devices
  • Geotechnical applications
  • Microfluidics
  • Astrophysics
  • Solids and Fracture Mechanics
  • Disaster simulations


The three-day workshop consists of keynote lectures, research presentations, and moderated discussions. Presentations are based on peer-reviewed abstracts and accompanied by full-length papers. Edited proceedings are provided to all attendees, but authors retain copyright.

Before the workshop, on 25 June, there is a training day consisting of lectures and hands-on training with SPH software. On the same day, in parallel, there will be a collaborative session, convened by Prof. Daniel Duque of Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, to edit the SPH Wikipedia page.

A preliminary outline of the programme is available to guide attendees in planning travel. However, please note the details are subject to change.


23 February 2018 - Abstract Submission

30 March 2018 - Announcement of Selected Abstracts

13 April 2018 - Early Registration Deadline

4 May 2018 - Full Paper Submission

11 May 2018 - Author Registration Deadline

25 June 2018 - Training Day

26—28 June 2018 - Workshop


Local Organising Committee (NUI Galway)

Dr. Nathan Quinlan
Dr. Mingming Tong
Mohsen Moghimi
Maryrose McLoone

Scientific Committee

Dr. Ben Rogers (Univ. of Manchester, UK)
Prof. Stefano Sibilla (Univ. of Pavia, Italy)
Dr. Alex Crespo (Univ. of Vigo, Spain)
Prof. David Le Touzé (Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France)
Dr. Damien Violeau (EDF LNHE, Chatou, France)
Dr. Nathan Quinlan (NUI Galway)
Dr. Jean-Christophe Marongiu (ANDRITZ Hydro, France)
Dr. Andrea Colagrossi (INSEAN, Italy)
Dr. Xiangyu Hu (Technical University of Munich, Germany)
Prof. Rade Vignjevic (Brunel University of London, UK)
Prof. Thomas Rung (Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg, Germany)
Dr. Antonio Souto-Iglesias (Technical University of Madrid)
Dr. Renato Vacondio (Univ. of Parma, Italy)
Dr. Matthieu De Leffe (Nextflow Software, France)

Dr. Abbas Khayyer (Univ. of Kyoto, Japan)
Prof. Walter Dehnen (Univ. of Leicester, UK)
Dr. Raj Das (RMIT University, Australia )
Prof. Robert A. Dalrymple (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
Prof. Alexis Hérault (Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, France)
Prof. Joe Monaghan (Monash University, Australia)
Prof. Peter Eberhard (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
Prof. Moubin Liu (Peking University, China)
Dr. Mehmet Yildiz (Sabanci University, Turkey)
Dr. Alexandre Tartakovsky (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)
Dr. Pablo Loren-Aguilar (University of Exeter, UK)
Prof. Aman Zhang (Harbin Engineering University, China)
Prof. Xu Fei (Nortwestern Polytechnical University, China)

Please email workshop@spheric2018.ie if we can be of any assistance.