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Spring School 2017

Lattice Boltzmann Methods
with OpenLB Software Lab

06.-10. March 2017

Hammamet, Tunisia

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Executive committee

  • Mahdi Tekitek, Université de Tunis El Manar, Tunisia
  • Ezeddine Sediki, Université de Tunis El Manar, Tunisia
  • Mathias J. Krause, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  • Albert Mink, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

The field of Lattice Boltzmann Method

In recent years, Lattice Boltzmann Methods (LBM) turned into an established numerical tool for computational fluid dynamic (CFD) problems and beyond. The simulation of complex multi-physical problems benefits strongly from the comprehensive mesoscopic modelling underlying LBM and establishes LBM besides traditional numerical methods.

Target audience

The expected attendees are Master and PhD students as well as researchers and developers from academia and industry, who seek to learn both, theoretical and practical aspects of LBM. As simulation is an interdisciplinary discipline, the spring school addresses to engineers, computer scientists, mathematicians, physicians and others. Based on their interest in CFD, this course provides a collaborative platform for LBM for developers and researchers.

Objective of the spring school

The spring school introduces scientists and applicants from industry to the theory of LBM and trains them on practical problems. The first three days are dedicated to the theoretical fundamentals of LBM up to ongoing research on selected topics. Followed by two days of mentored training on case studies using OpenLB, the participants gain deep inside into LBM and its applications.

This educational concept is probably unique in the LBM community and offers a comprehensive and personal guided approach to LBM. Participants also benefit from the knowledge exchange during poster session, coffee breaks and the excursion at the Mediterranean sea.

Lab room and requirements

In the computing lab sessions on Thursday and Friday, the participants are trained on practical applications, deploying the open source software OpenLB. Particular focus is placed on case studies, which are important to understand and verify the theory presented in the lectures, earlier in the spring school. By the help of experienced tutors, the computing lab sessions also enable to set up OpenLB simulations for relevant problems. To guaranty personal tutoring and intensive exchange between experienced mentors and novices, the lab is limited to 30 participants.

The attendees are responsible to bring their own laptop equipped with the software

  • GNU c++ compiler 4.8 and higher
  • OpenMPI 1.6 and higher
  • Paraview

Speakers (preliminary)

  • François Dubois, CNAM Paris, Université Paris-Sud, France (confirmed)
  • Mathias J. Krause, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany (confirmed)
  • Timm Krüger, The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom (confirmed)
  • Marie-Luise Maier, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany (confirmed)
  • Albert Mink, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany (confirmed)
  • Patrick Nathen, Lilium GmbH, Germany (confirmed)
  • Timothy Reis, Plymouth University, United Kingdom (confirmed)
  • Ezeddine Sediki, Université de Tunis El Manar, Tunisia (confirmed)
  • Mahid Tekitek, Université de Tunis El Manar, Tunisia (confirmed)
  • Robin Trunk, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany (confirmed)
  • Thomas Zeiser, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

Program (preliminary)

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday
09:00 Opening by Tunisian Physical Society

Mathias J. Krause

LBM for Application

Ezeddine Sediki and Albert Mink

Collision Operator and Radiative Transport LBM

Timm Krueger

Medical Application

10:30 Coffee
11:00 Short Introduction by Participants Patrick Nathen

LBM Turbulence Models

Markus Morhard

Efficient Parallel Implementation

12:30 Lunch
14:30 François Dubois

Chapman-Enskog and Target Equation

Mahid Tekitek and Mathias J. Krause

Optimal Control

Social Excursion`
16:00 Coffee
16:30 Timothy Reis

Boundary Conditions

Thomas Henn, Marie-Luise Maier and Robin Trunk

LBM and Particles

18:00 Poster Session
19:00 Dinner Conference Dinner
Time Thurdsday Friday
09:00 Introduction to OpenLB

OpenLB step by step, Part I

Exercise 2: Chanel flow around cylinder
10:30 Coffee
11:00 OpenLB step by step, Part II Exercise 3: Multiphase flows

Spring School Closing Ceremony

12:30 Lunch
14:30 OpenLB step by step, Part III
16:00 Coffee
16:30 Exercise 0: Preliminars

Exercise 1: Lid driven cavity

19:00 Dinner

Course delivery

Package 1 (lecture) includes
Registration, full board hotel accommodation (5th-8th March), social excursion, lectures, printed lecture notes, certificate of participation, poster session and airport-hotel transfers. Fee: 300€, Accompanying Person Fee: 250€

Package 2 (lecture+computing lab) includes
Package 1 and additional full board hotel accommodation (8th-10th March), coffee breaks, computing lab and software examples. Limited to 30 participants, Fee: 400€, Accompanying Person Fee: 300€


The school will take place at the Hotel Alhambra Thalasso 5* at Hammamet which is 60 km from the capital Tunis in Tunisia.


Important dates

Registration (first come first serve) closing deadline by 23.12.2016, extended to 31.01.2017


Limited financial support is available to cover travel costs partially and conference fees for students. Send a letter of motivation (1 page) by the 23.12.2016 to , closed

Poster session award

The award is aiming at supporting excellent students working in the field of LBM.

Supported by



Tunisian Physical Society


Federal Ministry of Education and Research


Republique Tunisienne MESRS


Karlsruhe Institute of Technology


University of Tunis El Manar


Faculte des Sciences de Tunis


Unite de recherche Rayonnement Thermique


Laboratoire Equations aux Derivees Partielles