Entrance hall of the ICMS Workshop

Mathematics of splashing

May 28, 2013 - May 31, 2013

ICMS, 15 South College Street


Name Institution
Korobkin, Alexander University of East Anglia
Ockendon, John OCIAM, University of Oxford
Thoroddsen, Sigurdur King Abdullah University of Science and Technology


The workshop at ICMS will allow researchers who are working in the mathematical and experimental fields of splashing, to become more aware of theoretical developments in this field. This will be the first-ever workshop focused on fundamental mathematical aspects of splashing across many time and length scales.

During the Workshop it is planned to review modern experimental results on splashing; to identify the mechanisms underlying splashing; to outline and formulate mathematical problems which could help us to understand splashing better and to provide reliable predictions; to review recent developments in mathematical modelling and computations of splashing; and to establish contacts between international leaders and young researchers, which will lead to joint cross-border projects on mathematical theory of splashing. By means of targeted presentations, extensive discussions and establishing links between researchers and partners from different disciplines, we expect a significant advance in the real-world problem of controlling splashing as a particular outcome of the Workshop.

The Workshop is aiming to better prepare the mathematical community to respond to the increasing number of real world processes that demand a better quantitative understanding of splashing; to tell the wider scientific community about the new insights that mathematical theories of splashing can give at scales ranging across the spectrum from those relevant to naval architecture to nanotechnology.

Workshop Delegates 30 May 2013

Group photo

List of delegates

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Participation for this workshop is by invitation only.  

UK Visas
If you are travelling from overseas you may require an entry visa. A European visa does not guarantee entry to the UK. Please use this link to the UK Visas site to find out if you need a visa and if so how to apply for one.

The workshop will be held at 15 South College Street, Edinburgh.  You may also find this map useful for the workshop.  All lectures will be held in the Newhaven Lecture Theatre.  To view this room and a list of the visual equipment available click here.  In addition, two blackboards have recently been installed.  The projector and one board may be used simultaneously.   

Wireless Access
The workshop venue, 15 South College Street, has wireless access throughout. On arrival at Registration you will be given instructions and a code for accessing the wireless network.  For those without laptops, there will also be a couple of computers available for you to check your emails.

Information about travel to the UK and Edinburgh is available here.

Please note that it is your responsibility to have adequate travel insurance to cover medical and other emergencies (volcanic ash disruptions) that may occur on your trip. 

A taxi directly from the airport will cost approximately 15.00 to 20.00 GBP to the city centre for a one-way journey.     There is also a bus service direct from the airport to the city centre which will cost 3.50 single or 6.00 GBP return - the Airlink 100.  This is a frequent service (every 10 minutes during peak times) and will bring you close to Waverley Railway Station, only a short walk to the accommodation and the workshop venue (see map in 'Venue' section above). 

Lothian buses charge £1.50 for a single, £3.50 for a day ticket. Please note that the exact fare is required and no change is given.

If travelling by train, please note that Edinburgh has two railway stations - Waverley Railway Station being the main station and closest to the workshop venue at 15 South College Street. If you alight at Edinburgh Waverley, the workshop venue is an easy 10 minute walk over North and South Bridge. The second railway station is called Haymarket and is at the West End of the city centre.

Refreshments will be provided during the coffee breaks for the duration of the event.   A light lunch will be available in the Chapterhouse of 15 South College Street on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.  There will be a workshop dinner. The workshop venue and the accommodation are located centrally near many restaurants, bars, pubs and cafes. In your delegates pack (handed out at Registration on 11 March) there will be suggestions of places to eat, and ICMS staff are always happy to recommend further places too.

Financial Matters and Registration Fee
The workshop grant covers some of your costs in Edinburgh. For details, please see your individual invitation, or contact Helene Frossling. 

A registration fee of 50.00 GBP is payable. 

A registration fee of 50.00 GBP is payable. If possible, we'd prefer that this fee is paid in advance of the meeting by completing the details on the& credit/debit card payment form As email is not secure, please print the form and return it by fax using the fax number at the top of the form. ICMS will take your payment and a receipt will be emailed to you, or given to you at registration. Alternatively, we can accept sterling cheques, made payable to Heriot-Watt University but sent to Helene Frossling, ICMS, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AA. If you have any difficulty in paying in advance, it is possible for you to simply pay on arrival at Registration.

If we have agreed to pay some of your travel costs the amount will be confirmed in your Final Information email which you will receive a week prior to the workshop. Reimbursement will take place after the event and will involve payment directly into your bank account. At Registration you will be given an expenses claim form and this should be submitted to ICMS, with original receipts. It would be helpful if you could bring your bank details to the workshop. In addition to the bank account number, participants from the USA and Canada will require their bank’s routing number, those from the UK will be asked for the bank sort code, and those from  the rest of the world, an IBAN and SWIFT/BIC code. We cannot reimburse any item without a signed claim form and original receipts.



Preliminary programme uploaded 29 April. Updated 28 May.

Tuesday 28 May 2013

13.00 - 14.00

Registration in the Chapterhouse, Level 1

14.00 - 14.10

Welcome and opening remarks


Industry-driven splashing problems 
Session chaired by J.R. Ockendon

14.10 - 14.40 

Laurent Brosset (GTT (Gaztransport & Technigaz))
Free-surface instabilities during sloshing impacts in tanks of LNG carriers

14.40 - 15.10

David Hammond (Cranfield University)
Droplet splash and icing on aircraft components

15.10 - 15.40

Frits Dijksman (University of Twente)
Splashing in ink-jet printing and how to avoid splashing

15.40 - 16.10

Rafael Castrejon-Pita (University of Cambridge)
Experimental investigation on splashing and coalescence

16.10 - 16.40

Coffee and tea in the Chapterhouse, Level 1

16.40 - 18.00

Discussion session: "Mechanisms and models for splashing"
Discussion lead by J.R. Ockendon and A. Korobkin

18.00 - 19.00

Wine Reception in the Chapterhouse, Level 1


Wednesday 29 May 2013


Experiments on splashing
Session chaired by E. Villermaux

09.00 - 09.45

Sigurdur Thoroddsen (KAUST)
Droplet splashing: why do we need a million fps imaging?

09.45 - 10.15

Christophe Clanet (Ecole Polytechnique)
Digging holes in water

10.15 - 10.45

Robert Deegan (University of Michigan)
High-speed X-ray imaging of splashing

10.45 - 11.10

Coffee and tea in the Chapterhouse, Level 1

11.10 - 12.20

Discussion session: "Where is there a need for new experiements?"
Discussion lead by S. Thoroddsen and A. Korobkin

12.20 - 13.30

Lunch served in the Chapterhouse, Level 1


Theory and experiment
Session chaired by R. Deegan 

13.30 - 14.00 

Detlef Lohse (University of Twente)
Droplet impact on superheated surfaces

14.00 - 14.20

Emmanuel Villermaux (Aix-Marseille Universite)
Fragmentation on impact

14.20 - 14.40

Jose Gordillo (University of Seville)
Splash wave and crown breakup after disk impact on a liquid surface

14.40 - 15.00

Evgeny Ermanyuk (Lavrentyev Institute of Hydrodynamics RAS)
Impact of a disk onto a liquid layer: air trapping and cavitation

15.00 - 15.20

John W Elliott (University of Hull)
The impact of supercooled water droplets

15.20 - 15.50

Coffee and tea in the Chapterhouse, Level 1

15.50 - 16.20

Stephane Zaleski (UPMC and CNRS)
Splashing on wet and dry surfaces by the volume of fluid method

16.20 - 16.40

An-Bang Wang (National Taiwan University)
On the critical splashing level of drop impact onto liquid

16.40 - 17.00

Martin Rein (German Aerospace Center)
On physical aspects of splashing

17.00 - 18.20

Discussion session: "Theory and Experiment"
Discussion lead by R. Deegan and A. Korobkin


Workshop dinner at The Magnum Restaurant


Thursday 30 May 2013


Modelling and analysis -- I
Session chaired by F. Smith

09.00 - 09.30

Alexander Yarin (University of Illinois, Chicago)
Drop impact onto nano-textured surfaces

09.30 - 09.50

James Sprittles (University of Oxford)
Modelling and simulation of high-speed dynamic wetting phenomena

09.50 - 10.10

Javier Rodriguez (Carlos III University of Madrid)
Splashing in fluid combustion and high-speed hydrodynamics

10.10 - 10.40

Coffee and tea in the Chapterhouse, Level 1

10.40 - 11.00

Daniel Weiss (University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland)
Splashing in selected industrial applications

11.00 - 12.20

Discussion session: "Modelling and analysis -- I"
Discussion lead by J. Hinch and A. Korobkin

12.20 - 13.30

Lunch served in the Chapterhouse, Level 1


Modelling and analysis -- II
Session chaired by S. Howison

13.30 - 14.00

Frank Smith (University College London)
Multi-skimming of a body over shallow water

14.00 - 14.20

Yuri Semenov (University College London)
Impact between two liquid wedges

14.20 - 14.40

Yves-Marie Scolan (ENSTA Bretagne)
Splashing of an elliptic paraboloid on calm water (or not)

14.40 - 15.00

Tatiana Khabakhpasheva (Lavrentyev Institute of Hydrodynamics)
Landing on shallow water and splashing

15.00 - 15.30

Coffee and tea in the Chapterhouse, Level 1


Modelling and analysis -- III
Session chaired by J. Oliver

15.30 - 15.50

Martin Greenhow (Brunel University)
Water exit of two-dimensional surface-piercing bodies

15.50 - 16.10

Alessandro Iafrati (CNR-INSEAN)
Splashes in water entry problems

16.10 - 16.30

Jeong Sook Im (University of Nottingham)
A spectral boundary integral method for unsteady water waves and jets confined by parallel walls with and without surface tension

16.30 - 18.00

Discussion session: "Modelling and analysis -- I & II"
Discussion lead by M. Cooker and A. Korobkin


Friday 31 May 2013


Models of air-cushioning
Session chaired by S. Wilson

09.00 - 09.30

Wendy Zhang (University of Chicago)
Air flow around the leading edge of an expanding liquid lamella: a model problem

09.30 - 09.50

Peter Hicks (University of Aberdeen)
Recent results in gas cushioned liquid-solid impacts

09.50 - 10.10

James Oliver (University of Oxford)
On the effect of air cushioning on Wagner's theory for water entry at small deadrise angles

10.10 - 10.40

Coffee and tea in the Chapterhouse, Level 1

11.00 - 12.20

Discussion session: "Splashing"
Discussion lead by J.R. Ockendon, S. Thoroddsen, A. Korobkin


Closing of workshop




Name Institution
Agbaglah, Gilou University of Michigan
Brosset, Laurent GTT (Gaztransport & Technigaz)
Castrejon-Pita, Alfonso Arturo University of Cambridge
Castrejon-Pita, Rafael University of Cambridge
Clanet, Christophe Ecole Polytechnique
Cooker, Mark University of East Anglia
Deegan, Robert University of Michigan
Dijksman, Frits University of Twente
Elliott, John W University of Hull
Gordillo, Jose University of Seville
Greenhow, Martin Brunel University
Hammond, David Cranfield University
Hicks, Peter University of Aberdeen
Hinch, John University of Cambridge
Howison, Sam University of Oxford
Iafrati, Alessandro CNR-INSEAN
Im, Jeong Sook University of Nottingham
Khabakhpasheva, Tatiana Lavrentyev Institute of Hydrodynamics
Korobkin, Alexander University of East Anglia
Liu, Kevin University College London
Lohse, Detlef University of Twente
Moore, Matt University of Oxford
Ockendon, John University of Oxford
Oliver, James University of Oxford
Purvis, Richard University of East Anglia
Rasadurai, Rajavaheinthan Brunel University
Rein, Martin German Aerospace Center
Rodriguez-Rodriguez, Javier Carlos III University of Madrid
Scolan, Yves-Marie ENSTA Bretagne
Semenov, Yu University College London
Smith, Frank T. University College London
Sprittles, James University of Oxford
Tassin, Alan University of East Anglia
Thoraval, Marie-Jean King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
Thoroddsen, Sigurdur King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Villermaux, Emmanuel Aix-Marseille Universite
Wang, An-Bang National Taiwan University
Weiss, Daniel University of Applied Sciences - Northwestern Switzerland
Wilson, Stephen University of Strathclyde
Yarin, Alexander L. University of Illinois at Chicago
Zaleski, Stephane UPMC and CNRS
Zekri, Hussein University of East Anglia
Zhang, Wendy University of Chicago