Seminar Lattice Boltzmann Methods - Theory, Implementation and Applications-SS14

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Summer 14
Dr. rer. nat. Philipp Neumann
Time and Place
Preliminary meeting: Jan 30 2014, 16:00, room 02.07.023
Kickoff: t.b.a.
Presentations: t.b.a.
Students from Master Computational Science and Engineering (IN2183), Informatics (IN2107), and Bachelor Informatics (IN0014)
Semesterwochenstunden / ECTS Credits
2 SWS (2S) / 4 Credits


  • Preliminary meeting: Jan 30 2014, 16:00, room 02.07.023
  • Registration until Feb 28 2014 via e-mail to Neumanphmail.png
  • Max. number of participants: 10
  • The seminar will be completely in English, so the students also have to give their talks and to write their papers in English.


Lattice Boltzmann methods (LBMs) are used to study flow problems on the statistical scale. Their relatively simple, (mostly) local algorithmics and their meso-scale nature make these methods attractive for both physicists and computer scientists. The latter is particularly true with respect to the field of high performance computing. In this seminar, the basic theory of the Lattice Boltzmann methods is discussed and implementational concepts are presented for single-core and multi-core architectures. Besides, particular aspects such as grid refinement and application of LBMs to more complex systems such as multiphase flows are addressed.

Slides and Handouts

The handouts will be printed for you. If you want to have a closer look into the material beforehand, you are welcome to use the electronic versions from below.

Date Description Material
Jan 30 Preliminary meeting Introduction to seminar (Slides)
May 08 Daniel Plop: Introduction to LBM Slides
May 08 Son Nguyen: Boundary condtions Paper, Slides
May 08 Kunal Mody: Single-core optimisation of the LBM Paper, Slides
June 05 Jaclyn Rodrigues Monteiro: Multiple-relaxation-time collision models Paper, Slides
June 05 Michael Obersteiner: LBM on adaptive grids Paper, Slides
June 05 Kwon-Jin Maximilian Jensen: Open-Source LB software Paper, Slides
June 12 Elena Voskoboinikova: From Boltzmann equation to Lattice Boltzmann Paper, Slides
June 12 Alexander Sparber: From Lattice Boltzmann to Navier-Stokes Paper, Slides
June 12 Rahul Arora: Fluctuating hydrodynamics Paper, Slides
June 26 Faisal Caeiro: Free surface flows Paper, Slides
June 26 Sascha Rushing: LBM on GPUs Paper, Slides
July 03 Mariusz Bujny: Multiphase flows Paper, Slides, Code
July 10 Philipp Samfaß: Coupling LBM and Navier-Stokes Paper, Slides
July 10 Thorsten Fuchs: LBM for Shallow Water Equations Paper, Slides, Code


Preliminary knowledge on

  • Cellular automata
  • Lattice Boltzmann equation
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Numerical simulation

is helpful.


  • Introduction to LBM
  • Boundary Conditions in LBM simulations
  • From the Boltzmann equation to LBM
  • From LBM to Navier-Stokes
  • Multiple-relaxation-time Collision Models
  • LBM on adaptive grids
  • Single-core optimisation of LBM
  • LBM on GPUs
  • LBM for Multiphase/ multicomponent flows
  • ...

lbm_screenshot.jpg lbm_animation.gif

Left : Interactive fluid simulation (based on Lattice Boltzmann method) and visualization (volume tracing, photon mapping). Right: Breaking dam simulation.


Textbooks on LBM:

  • S. Succi, The Lattice Boltzmann Equation for Fluid Dynamics and Beyond, Oxford University Press, 2001.
  • M.C. Sukop and D.T. Thorne, Lattice Boltzmann Modeling: An Introduction for Geoscientists and Engineers, Springer, 2006.
  • D.A. Wolf-Gladrow, Lattice-Gas Cellular Automata and Lattice Boltzmann Models: An Introduction, Springer, 2000

Topic-specific literature will be handed out to the individual participants of the course by the advisors.


For successful completion of the seminar course you have to fulfil the following tasks:

  • solid understanding of your topic (e.g. by implementation of the underlying algorithm)
  • writing of a paper (about 8 pages)
  • presentation (30 min + discussion)
  • participation in the presentations of all other participants
  • deadlines: t.b.a.

The paper template is available here. Usage of Latex is required.