Regular or random: A discussion on SPH initial particle distribution

J. Young*, I. Alcântara, F. Teixeira-Dias, J. Ooi, F. Mill

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Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) has been used to model a variety of objects and for a number of applications in engineering and science. These have ranged from astrophysics to fluid and solid mechanics problems. Much research has been dedicated to forming a better understanding of the SPH method. As a consequence, new numerical techniques have been developed in order to overcome some of its difficulties and limitations. Nonetheless, there is still a gap in information concerning the impact of the initial particle distribution on the effectiveness of the SPH method. With this in mind, a review of existing recommendations for SPH initial configurations has been conducted in this paper. In addition to this, a numerical example is presented which is based on the classical 2-D lid driven cavity problem, wherein the upper boundary exerts a horizontal shear force on the fluid inside the cavity. The velocity of the lid is v = 10-3 m/s and the cavity is square with length l = 1 × 10-3 m. The fluid was modelled with a density ρ = 1000 kg/m3, a viscosity μ = 10-3 kg/ms) (Re = 1). These parameters were held constant for all consequent comparisons. The number of particles is varied from (20 × 20) to (80 × 80). The initial distribution is modelled in three different ways: (i) regular, (ii) pseudo-random (with a 30% random deviation from the regular grid) and (iii) fully random. The effectiveness of each initial particle distribution is assessed according to the field velocities and horizontal and vertical centreline velocity profiles. The impact of the initial particle distribution is highlighted and compared against a reference CFD result, and recommendations and conclusions are drawn for the SPH method.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th International Conference on Particle-Based Methods - Fundamentals and Applications, PARTICLES 2015
PublisherInternational Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9788494424472
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event4th International Conference on Particle-Based Methods, PARTICLES 2015 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 28 Sept 201530 Sept 2015


Conference4th International Conference on Particle-Based Methods, PARTICLES 2015

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Flow
  • Initial particle distribution
  • Lid driven cavity
  • Random particle distribution
  • Smooth particle hydrodynamics


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