SPH European Research Interest Community

ERCOFTAC Special Interest Group for SPH

Welcome to SPHERIC

SPHERIC is the international organisation representing the community of researchers and industrial users of Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH).

As a purely Lagrangian technique, SPH enables the simulation of highly distorting fluids and solids. Fields including free-surface flows, solid mechanics, multi-phase, fluid-structure interaction and astrophysics where Eulerian methods can be difficult to apply represent ideal applications of this meshless method. 


The SPH method was developed to study non-axisymmetric phenomena in astrophysics in the 1970s, but its application to engineering emerged in the 1990s and early 2000s. In the past twenty years the method has developed rapidly in many fields of application from impacts to fracture to breaking waves and fluid-structure interaction.

Following the impulse generated by a collection of local initiatives in 2005 (France, UK, Italy...), a need to foster and collaborate efforts and developments was identified. Since then, the SPHERIC organisation has gone on to push the development of the method forward providing a network of researchers and industrial users around the world as a means to communicate and collaborate.

Objectives of SPHERIC

  • To develop the fundamental basis of SPH.
  • To discuss current and new concepts.
  • To foster communication between industry and academia.
  • To communicate experience in the application of the technology.
  • To investigate accelerating simulations and visualisation.
  • To provide access to existing software and methods.
  • To define benchmark test cases.
  • To identify future needs of SPH.

For a general description of our activities, please see the Events and Activities page or download the following ERCOFTAC SIG40 Description Document.

Members of SPHERIC

Members of SPHERIC come from all over the world: LIST OF MEMBERS.

Would you like to join and become a member of SPHERIC? Please download this Membership form and send to our chairperson. 

SPH Members Map

If you are interested in knowing more about the activities of SPHERIC, see our regular Newsletters.

Annual Workshops

We hold a 2-day SPH workshop every year plus a 1-day Training Day. The 2017 workshop will take place at the Universidade de Vigo, Ourense, Spain, 13-15 June.

The workshops are the centrepiece of the SPHERIC calendar bringing everyone together to discuss the latest developments.

Details on more events can be found on the Events and Activities page.

Research and Development Members


  • CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences 
  • Monash University 
  • University of Adelaide 


  • University of Innsbruck


  •  Catholic University Leuven 
  •  Flanders Hydraulics Research


  • University of Regina 

Czech Republic

  • University of West Bohemia 


  • Ecole Centrale de Lyon (ECL) 
  • Ecole Centrale de Nantes (ECN) 
  • Université du Havre 


  • Hamburg-Harburg University of Technology(TUHH)
  • Institut fuer Thermische Stroemungsmaschinen, Karlsruhe
  • Technical University of Munich 
  • University of Heidelberg
  • University of Stuttgart 


  • National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) 


  • Bhabba Atomic Research Center 


  • Amir Kabir University of Technology 
  • University of Zanjan 


  • Dublin Institute of Technology 
  • National University of Ireland, Galway 


  • Instituto Nazionale di Geophisica e Vulcanologia, University of Catania
  • Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico – RSE SpA 
  • University of Calabria 
  • University of Genova 
  • University of Parma 
  • University of Pavia 
  • University of Salerno 


  • Kyoto University


  • Université de Luxembourg


  • MARA University of Technology 

The Netherlands

  • Eindhoven University of Technology 

New Zealand

  • University of Auckland 


  • Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil 
  • Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisboa 


  • University of Ljubljana 


  • Technical University of Madrid 
  • Universidade de Vigo 


  • Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) 
  • Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) 
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) 


  • National Cheng Kung University 


  • City University London 
  • Cranfield University of Technology 
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • University of Bradford 
  • University of Exeter 
  • University of Manchester 
  • University of Nottingham 
  • University of Plymouth 
  • University of Newcastle 
  • University of Central Lancashire


  • The Johns Hopkins University 
  • Virginia Tech 
  • New York University

Industry Members


SPHERIC is a Special Interest Groupsupported by ERCOTAC