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Innovation Award in numerical simulation : HydrOcean tames fast flows

Yesterday, the SPH-Flow software, co-developed by LHEEA and HydrOcean (spin-off of Centrale Nantes created in 2007), received the Innovation Award of the first Numerical Simulation Trophy organized by Teratec and L'Usine Digitale.

on June 26, 2015

The HydrOcean start-up succeeded in industrializing the simulation method SPH (Smooth Particle Hydrodynamic) in order to apply it to rapid and complex flows.
Its SPH-flow software won the Innovation Award of the first numerical simulation Trophy organized by Teratec and l'Usine Digitale. Erwan Jacquin, CEO of HydrOcean and Centrale Nantes PhD alumni received the award yesterday at the Ecole Polytechnique.

This award recognizes 15 years of work on the SPH method. This work began in 2000 at LHEEA - Laboratory in Hydrodynamics, Energetics and Atmospheric Environment - and has continued since in the H2I team of LHEEA. Today, the team, which is working full time on the code, includes five LHEEA researchers, five engineers from HydrOcean, most of whom have a PhD from Centrale Nantes, and two colleagues from INSEAN-CNR of Rome who joined them last year.

This work has lead to the development of the SPH-Flow software http://sph-flow.com, which is probably the most advanced in the world on this method and for which HydrOcean won the OSEO Innovative Company award at its inception in 2007.

Co-developed since then at Centrale Nantes and HydrOcean, SPH-Flow has reached an industrial maturity that enables it to address requests from major manufacturers such as Michelin (aquaplaning), Total, Technip, GTT etc (hydrodynamic impacts in shipbuilding industry, offshore and MRE).

The innovation award of the Numerical Simulation Trophy rewards the innovative nature for industry. It complements the prize Joe Monaghan obtained in June 2015 for the quality of research on the SPH method itself as well as the HPC Innovation Excellence award (Denver, 2013) which recognizes the innovative nature of the HPC capabilities of the software.

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Published on January 28, 2016 Updated on February 5, 2016