Abaqus Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) Tutorial – Beer Pour Simulation – Fidelis Fun Features

This blog post about Abaqus was originally published in October 2020.

Thirsty for simulation! We’ve got just the blog for you. Guest blogger Rob Hurlston from Fidelis is sharing his Abaqus SPH beer pour simulation tutorial. Cheers to that! 

Stay tuned for more fun tutorials from Rob and Fidelis, coming soon to the blog!


The Fidelis Fun Features series is aimed at taking a lighthearted approach to learning some of the more advanced features of Abaqus in a fun and efficient way. In this video, we take you through the steps required to build geometry, define SPH materials, convert mesh to particles and define necessary interactions, loads and boundary conditions. The video runs around 12 minutes and includes the entire model building process from scratch.

So sit back, relax and maybe even pour yourself a drink?! And don’t forget to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE if you’d like to see more simulation related content!


Robert Hurlston, EngD, PGDip, MEng, is a Principal and Chief Engineer and co-founder of Fidelis. Throughout his career, he has worked on and led on a diverse array of projects across a range of industries. This has allowed him to sharpen his analytical proficiency, particularly in the fields of linear and nonlinear stress analysis, dynamics, fatigue, and optimization.

Rob has a strong background in materials, with a specialty in metallurgy and structural integrity engineering. His industrially based doctorate and subsequent post-docs in nuclear materials engineering saw him accumulate over a decade of real-world experience in collaboration with Serco, the University of Manchester (UK), and their partners. Rob has presented much of his work at a number of prestigious international conferences and has also published several journal papers.

Rob holds a first-class master’s degree in materials science and engineering and a postgraduate diploma in enterprise management, along with his doctorate, all of which were completed at the University of Manchester.

He is a big soccer fan and an avid golfer. He also enjoys skiing, hiking, and playing the guitar, as well as spending time with his family.



SIMULIA offers an advanced simulation product portfolio, including AbaqusIsightfe-safeToscaSimpoe-MoldSIMPACKCST Studio SuiteXFlowPowerFLOW and more. The SIMULIA Community is the place to find the latest resources for SIMULIA software and to collaborate with other users. The key that unlocks the door of innovative thinking and knowledge building, the SIMULIA Community provides you with the tools you need to expand your knowledge, whenever and wherever.

Katie Corey

Katie manages SIMULIA's social media, blog and online communities. As a writer and technical communicator, she is interested in and passionate about creating an impactful user experience. Katie has a BA in English and Writing from the University of Rhode Island and a MS in Technical Communication from Northeastern University. She is also a proud SIMULIA advocate, passionate about democratizing simulation for all audiences. Katie is a native Rhode Islander and loves telling others about all it has to offer. As a self-proclaimed nerd, she enjoys a variety of hobbies including history, astronomy, science/technology, science fiction, geocaching, true crime, fashion and anything associated with nature and the outdoors. She is also a new mom to a 2-year old budding engineer and two crazy rescue pups.

Leave a Reply