Schedule, prizes, topics, organisation and contacts

The  13th SPHERIC International Workshop

The SPHERIC Workshop is dedicated to the development and application of Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics and related methods. We invite you to join us in National University of Ireland Galway to share the latest advances in SPH and explore Ireland’s Atlantic coast.



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The programme has been UPDATED on 20 June with minor corrections.

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 the first ever SPH Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. A recent study (Thompson and Hanley, 2018) suggests that Wikipedia has a significant influence on subsequent scientific literature. Prof. Daniel Duque of Universidad Politécnica de Madrid will lead a collaborative session to give the SPH Wikipedia page a much-needed update. Please contact us if you would like to participate.


The Joe Monaghan Prize

Prof. Joe Monaghan (2nd R) presenting the prize to Drs. Matteo Antuono (2nd L), David Le Touzé (3rd L), and Salvatore Marrone (4th L), with Dr. SPHERIC chair Dr. Benedict Rogers (L)and Dr. Nathan Quinlan (R), 2018 Workshop chair.
Prof. Joe Monaghan (2nd R) presenting the prize to Drs. Matteo Antuono (2nd L), David Le Touzé (3rd L), and Salvatore Marrone (4th L), with SPHERIC chair Dr. Benedict Rogers (L)and Dr. Nathan Quinlan (R), 2018 Workshop chair.

The 2018 Joe Monaghan Prize was presented to Salvatore Marrone, Matteo Antuono, Andrea Colagrossi, Giuseppina Colicchio, G., David Le Touzé, and Giorgio Graziani for the article “δ-SPH model for simulating violent impact flows,” Comput. Meth. Appl. Mech. Engrng. 200 1526-1542 (2011).

Prof. Joe Monaghan and Dr. Andrea ColagrossiThe Joe Monaghan Prize is awarded periodically to authors of a journal article which has made an outstanding advance on one or more of the SPHERIC Grand Challenges. For full details, please see the SPHERIC web page. The inaugural Prize was presented in 2015 by Prof. Joe Monaghan (pictured, left) to Andrea Colagrossi (pictured), Matteo Antuono, and David Le Touzé for their article “Theoretical considerations on the free-surface role in the smoothed-particle-hydrodynamics model”. The prize is named in honour of the unique contributions made by Prof. Monaghan in the foundation of SPH, and in its continuous development since 1977.

Following a nomination process, the following papers were shortlisted for the 2018 Monaghan Prize:

The award was decided by a vote of attendees at the Workshop.

The Libersky Prize

Thomas Fonty receiving the Libersky Prize from Dr. Benedict Rogers, SPHERIC Chair, with Dr. Nathan Quinlan, Workshop chair.
Thomas Fonty receiving the Libersky Prize from Dr. Benedict Rogers, SPHERIC Chair, with Dr. Nathan Quinlan, Workshop chair.

The 2018 Libersky Prize was presented to Thomas Fonty of EDF R&D and Saint-Venant Hydraulics Laboratory for the paper “An upwind scheme for conservative, realizable two-phase mixture SPH model with high density ratios,” co-authored by Agnès Leroy, Antoine Joly, Damien Violeau, and Martin Ferrand. His presentation slides are available on the SPHERIC website. Alex Chow of Manchester University and David Liptai of Monash University were highly commended for their work.

Some previous winners of the Libersky PrizeThe Libersky Prize is awarded at every SPHERIC Workshop for the best work by a student, based on their presentations and papers, as judged by the Scientific Committee. All students who present at the Workshop are considered for the award, which is named in honour of Prof. Larry Libersky, one of the pioneers of SPH in engineering. Below are the previous recipients of the Prize, all of whom achieved significant advances in SPH.

2007: Louis Delorme
2008: Ruairi Nestor
2009: Salvatore Marrone
2010: Martin Ferrand
2011: Christian Ulrich
2012: Terrence Tricco
2013: Agnes Leroy
2014: Agnes Leroy
2015: Samuel Braun
2016: Iason Zisis
2017: Alex Ghaïtanellis
2018: Thomas Fonty


SPHERIC, the Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics European Research Interest Community, stimulates research and facilitates exchange of ideas among developers and users of SPH. As well as the Workshops, activities include newsletters, prizes, and networking. Any institution or company with an interest in SPH can become a member, free of charge. SPHERIC is a Special Interest Group (SIG) of ERCOFTAC, the European Research Community on Flow, Turbulence and Combustion.


The SPHERIC Workshop series is highly focussed 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



28 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 | SPH Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
26—28 June 2018 Workshop

Information for speakers

  • Regular presentations are 13 minutes long. Instead of taking questions after each talk, there is a discussion period at the end of every session, involving all speakers.
  • The projector aspect ratio is 16:10. Slides designed in 4:3 ratio will be displayed without loss of size or quality.
  • A built-in PC is provided with Windows 10 and MS Office 2016. VGA and HDMI connections are available for laptops.
  • In advance of your session, please either copy your presentation onto the built-in PC, or test your laptop. Workshop staff will be available to assist.
  • Ireland uses type G electrical connections (as in Britain).


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. 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)


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