Study level

  • Vacation research experience scheme


Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.

Research centre


Dr Marc Miska
Senior Lecturer in the Civil Engineering Discipline
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Engineering


Smoothed-particle hydrodynamics (SPH) is a computational method used for simulating the mechanics of continuum media, such as solid mechanics and fluid flows. PIXAR has used the method to  make their movies such as Finding Nemo and Finding Dory more realistic looking when it comes to flowing water.  However, it is not widely used in urban hydraulics and this project aims to change this.

Research activities

During the project you will implement a simple smoothed particle hydrodynamics model that allows users to flood a variety of terrains. Based on the input parameters the model will calculate and visualise the droplets from rain while they fall to the ground and then aggregate with other droplets to form a body of water.


The expected outcome is a software tool in your preferred programming language to be extended by future research. 

Skills and experience

The project requires an understanding of hydrodynamics and familiarity with programming software based on mathematically well defined algorithms. 



Contact the supervisor for more information.