Code Developers' Workshop 3 - Code Coupling

Dates: 28th - 29th April 2022 (afternoons)
Location: Online (Zoom)

Description and Aim

This Code Developers Workshop is part of a series of CCP-WSI activities in code coupling; it follows on from the Code Coupling Training Workshop held in October 2021 and will lead into the 2nd CCP-WSI Hackathon planned for July 2022. It is a free to attend, online event, hosted by the University of Manchester. The focus of the workshop is on the theory and coding of code coupling technologies, particularly in the field of multi-phase fluid-structure interaction. The workshop will consist of online lectures, presentations and splash talks from community members.


Please find here a practical exercise pack that will be referred to in the delivered material at the workshop.


It is free to register and joining instructions will be sent to all those registered nearer the time.


Thursday 28th April 2022

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13:00 - 13:10 Welcome Deborah Greaves (University of Plymouth)
Session 1
Chair: Mohamed Rouania (Newcastle University)
13:10 - 13:35 Particle FEM Josep Maria Carbonell (CIMNE, Barcelona)
13:35 - 14:00 DEM-LBM Coupling Jianping Meng (STFC)
14:00 - 14:15 Short Break  
14:15 - 15:00 General overview of coupling technologies Omar Mahfoze (STFC)
15:00 - 15:45 Data interpolation with focus on RBF Alex Skillen (University of Manchester)
Splash Talk
15:45 - 16:00 SPH for coastal engineering Bonaventura Tagliafierro (University of Salerno)

Friday 29th April 2022

13:00 - 13:10 Welcome Deborah Greaves (University of Plymouth)
Session 2
Chair: Lee Margetts (University of Manchester)
13:10 - 13:35 Challenges in the Computer Simulation of Strongly Coupled Fluid-Structure Interaction Wulf G. Dettmer (Swansea University)
13:35 - 14:00 Experimental V&V Martyn Hann (University of Plymouth)
14:00 - 14:15 Short Break  
14:15 - 15:00 General overview of coupling technologies Stephen Longshaw (STFC)
15:00 - 15:45 Advanced examples of coupling Wendi Liu (STFC)
Future Events
15:45 - 16:00 Details about the CCP-WSI Hackathon 2 Gavin Tabor (University of Exeter)


Thank you to all our invited speakers for agreeing to participate in this workshop.

Day 1 Speakers (28th April 2022)

Day 2 Speakers (29th April 2022)

Day 1 Speakers

Prof Deborah Greaves

Title: Welcome and Introduction to CCP-WSI

Deborah is the CCP-WSI Chair.

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Dr Josep Maria Carbonell

Title: Particle FEM

  • Researcher in Numerical Methods and Computational Mechanics. Doctor in Civil Engineering (Enginyeria de Camins, Canals i Ports) by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) 2009
  • Positions:
    • Associate research professor at Centre Internacional de Mètodes Numèrics a l'Enginyeria (CIMNE)
    • Aggregate professor at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya (UVic-UCC)
  • Older Positions:
    • Assistant Lecturer in the Escola Universitària d’Enginyeria Tècnica Industrial de Barcelona (EUETIB) and at the Escola d'Enginyeria de Barcelona Est (EEBE) (2009-2019).
  • Taught subjects:
    • Statics, Dynamics, Biomechanics, Theory of Machines and Mechanisms, Strength of Materials, Continuum Mechanics, Computational Applications, Technology of Materials, Integrated Projects, Numerical Modelling and Finite Elements.

He has made research in the field of Solid Mechanics and Fluid Dynamics, in the field of the Contact Mechanics, and in the development of the Particle Finite Element Method (PFEM). He is the main developer/programmer of the solid mechanics applications and PFEM based applications (for solids, grounds and fluids) in the framework of Kratos Multiphysics platform ( The research made in particle methods has been applied to the modelling of excavation and manufacturing (machining of metals) as well as to the modelling of geotechnical testing techniques and the dynamics of fluids. Google Scholar citations

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Dr Jianping Meng

Title: DEM-LBM Coupling

Dr Jianping Meng is a Computational Scientist in the Scientific Computing Department of STFC Daresbury Laboratory. Jianping received his PhD in Fluid Dynamics from Shanghai University. He has been working in the development and application of mathematical models, numerical schemes, and software for interdisciplinary flow problems, including traffic flows, rarefied/micro gas flows, shallow water flows and multiphase flows.

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Dr Omar Ahmed Mahfoze

Title:General overview of coupling technologies

Omar is a member of the CCP-WSI Working Group and works at the Scientific Computing Department at STFC.

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Bonaventura Tagliafierro

Title: SPH for coastal engineering

Bonaventura TAGLIAFIERRO has enrolled in PhD. program in Italy at the University of Salerno in 2018. Has been collaborating with EPhysLab (University of Vigo, Spain) since 2019 as a fellow researcher and has joined the DualSPHysics code project. Research interests include finite element analysis, computational fluid dynamics, the dynamics of multibody systems, and the coupling between fluid and solid mechanics. Computational methodology includes the Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) technique: a meshless method for developing Lagrangian framework. Many numerical applications involve wave energy converters and steel structures. Has joined the Marine Research Group (MRG) @ Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) to investigate new computational fluid dynamics solvers to simulate tension-leg platforms under regular and irregular waves (HPC-EUROPA3 funding).

Day 2 Speakers

Prof Wulf G. Dettmer

Title: Challenges in the Computer Simulation of Strongly Coupled Fluid-Structure Interaction

Prof Wulf G. Dettmer is a member of the Department for Aerospace Engineering in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Swansea University. His work in computational engineering is focused on fluid-structure interaction and on solid mechanics. He has led research projects on computational fluid-structure interaction that were funded by industry as well as by the EPSRC.

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Dr Martyn Hann

Title: Experimental V&V

Martyn is an Associate Professor of Coastal and Offshore Renewable Energy Engineering at the University of Plymouth.

He has 10+ years’ experience of physical and numerical modelling of various offshore renewable energy devices and floating bodies. Martyn is involved with a number of Offshore Renewable Energy projects including the Supergen-ORE Hub, a £9 Million EPSRC funded project connecting academia, industry, policymakers and the public on the innovation of offshore wind, wave and tidal energy. As Principal Investigator on the Flex-Fund project Martyn is working on ‘Novel approaches for physical model testing of floating wind turbine platforms’, ‘Extreme Loading on FOWT under Complex Environmental Conditions’ and the ‘UK Floating Offshore Wind Turbine Test Facility’. Martyn is also Co-Investigator on the ERDF funded ‘Cornwall FLOW Accelerator’ project, helping to accelerate the growth of floating offshore wind in Cornish Offshore waters.

Martyn led on the InnovateUK Inter project at Plymouth, developing a floating tidal energy platform, and has been involved in several projects investigating the development and physical testing of wave energy converters, and examining the use of design waves to predict extreme loads in storms. His work on this project included physical measurements of extreme wave interactions with floating structures, the first research project conducted in Plymouth’s COAST laboratory.

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Dr Stephen Longshaw

Title: General overview of coupling technologies

Stephen is a Principal Computational Scientist within UKRI-STFC’s Scientific Computing Department. He has a background in computer science, including a PhD that saw computer science topics considered within the context of physical modelling at the University of Manchester, which in turn led to a domain specialism in computational engineering. His research activities vary within this remit but he has a particular focus on particle-based simulation techniques such as Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics and, more recently, general scientific code coupling and its applications. Stephen is involved in the UK HPC community, with all of his work underpinned by this general thread and a particular interest in exploiting upcoming heterogeneous architectures. Stephen also forms part of the Computational Science Centre for Research Communities (CoSeC) support for the CCP-WSI+ community.

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Dr Wendi Liu

Title: Advanced examples of coupling

Dr Wendi Liu is a Senior Computational Scientist at the Daresbury Laboratory, working within the Engineering and Environment group of the Scientific Computing Department. Wendi's research interests include Novel approaches to the simulation of fluid-structure interaction (FSI), Numerical analysis of thermo-elastic problems, Multi-physics code-coupling within a High Performance Computing (HPC) framework and FSI for Renewable energy devices (e.g. wind turbines).

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Dr Gavin Tabor

Title: Details about the CCP-WSI Hackathon 2

Gavin is a member of the CCP-WSI Working Group.