Coursebooks 2017-2018

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Particle-based methods

ME-476

Lecturer(s) :

Sawley Mark

Language:

English

Withdrawal

It is not allowed to withdraw from this subject after the registration deadline.

Summary

This course provides an introduction to particle-based methods for the numerical resolution of partial differential equations describing continuum phenomena or for the simulation of particulate flows. Details are given for Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) and the Discrete Element Method (DEM).

Content

Particle-based computational methods are being increasingly employed for solving a variety of problems in engineering and applied science. While such Lagrangian methods can yield significant advantages compared to traditional mesh-based methods, their accurate and efficient implementation also provides a number of challenges.

This course presents the fundamental aspects of two methods:

The course provides an introduction to these two methods and their domains of application (e.g. fluid and solid mechanics, computer graphics). The theoretical basis of each method, including specific aspects such as parallelization and visualization, is presented in introductory lectures. Following a literature search and private study, students give oral presentations on more advanced aspects. Exercises using open-source software and a mini-project provide practical experience in the application of these methods. Illustrations of the use of particle-based methods is also provided by researchers from industry.

Keywords

Numerical simulation, Fluid and granular flow, Smoothed particle hydrodynamics, Discrete element method

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

Important concepts to start the course

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Transversal skills

Teaching methods

Lectures, literature review, analysis of scientific articles, group talks, practical numerical simulations, individual mini-project

Expected student activities

Assessment methods

Continuous evaluation by group talks (40%) and mini-project written report & oral presentation (60%)

Supervision

Office hours No
Assistants Yes
Forum No

Resources

Bibliography

Course material is available on-line; various reference texts

Moodle Link

In the programs

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  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German