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An European smooth particle hydrodynamics initiative

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 42350

  • Start date

    1 October 2006

  • End date

    30 September 2009

Funded under:

FP6-MOBILITY

Coordinated by:

ANDRITZ HYDRO AG

Switzerland

Objective

Real violent air-water interface flows, as encountered in the turbine industry, environmental and coastal engineering, have crucial impacts on the economy and safety of the European society which has very large coastal/fluvial population and hydraulic power resources. Current computational fluid dynamics tools, mostly based on Euler approaches, have limited capabilities when simulating the complicated phenomena involved in flows with unsteadiness, multiphase, highly distorted interfaces and complicated solid and free surface shapes.

The meshless Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics method is a new technology that represents an ideal tool to address these problems, yet treated with very different numerical methods, in a unified manner. It explains the growing interest in this meshless method from academia and industry. ESPHI is aimed to reinforce the collaboration between key SPH actors of UK, France and Switzerland to capitalize on their respective strengths, inducing a strong impulse in EU, achieving industrial added value applications, and speeding up the access to this technology to both EU academia and industry. It is firstly foreseen to improve respective know-how on SPH for various hydraulic phenomena. Using an open source policy, common standards and tools for data management and results processing for the huge size of the resulting simulation files will be defined by integrating new visualisation techniques. Enhancement of the computing efficiency of existing parallel SPH numerical codes is planned.

The valorisation of these exchanges will be assessed via industrial applications, which cannot be handled by any existing simulation tool up to now. At last, dissemination of the know-how to end-users, especially to engineers from the industrial partners and students of the academic partners is planned. Specific actions are organized like a joint lecture course on SPH, international publications and conferences, and contributions within the ERCOFTAC EU network.

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Coordinator

ANDRITZ HYDRO AG

Address

Obernauerstrasse 4
P.O.Box Kriens

Switzerland

Participants (4)

ECOLE CENTRALE DE LYON

France

ELECTRICITé DE FRANCE SA

France

UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

United Kingdom

EIDGENöSSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE, ZüRICH

Switzerland

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 42350

  • Start date

    1 October 2006

  • End date

    30 September 2009

Funded under:

FP6-MOBILITY

Coordinated by:

ANDRITZ HYDRO AG

Switzerland