Angelo Tafuni

Angelo Tafuni

Visiting Professor

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Dr. Tafuni's research is based on the design of theoretical and numerical aspects of particle methods for Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations, including many fluid-fluid and fluid-structure interaction problems in the context of the engineering reality. The aim is to broaden the applicability of particle methodologies (e.g. Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics) to a variety of computational problems that can benefit from a Lagrangian formulation as well as from the use of robust and massively parallel algorithms. Applications include: study of fluid flow around complex mechanical systems (ship hulls, propulsion systems, spacecrafts); free-surface hydrodynamics and wave generation/reflection/absorption; multiphase flow and surface tension; study of severe weather phenomena (flooding, tsunami); open-channel flow and related phenomena (scour, coastal erosion); high-performance computing and code parallelization.

Journal Articles

  • Tafuni, A., De Rosis, A.. A SPH-LBM comparative study for hydrodynamics problems, Computers and Fluids, Journal Article in Preparation
  • Carberry Mogan, S., Chen, D., Hartwig, J., Sahin, I., Tafuni, A.. Numerical study of the hydrodynamic efficiency of the NIAC Phase 1 Titan Submarine, Aerospace Science and Technology, Submission Being Finalized
  • Tafuni, A., Dominguez, J.M., Crespo, A.J.C., Vacondio, R.. A versatile algorithm for the treatment of boundary conditions in highly parallel WCSPH code, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, Submission Being Finalized
  • Tafuni, A., Sahin, I., Hyman, M., 2016. Numerical investigation of wave elevation and bottom pressure generated by a planing hull in finite-depth water. Applied Ocean Research 58C, 281–291. doi:10.1016/j.apor.2016.04.002
  • Tafuni, A., Sahin, I., 2015. Non-linear hydrodynamics of thin laminae undergoing large harmonic oscillations in a viscous fluid. Journal of Fluids and Structures 52, 101–117. doi:10.1016/j.jfluidstructs.2014.10.004

Other Publications

  • T. Suzuki, T. Verbrugghe, J. M. Dominguez, A. Tafuni, C. Altomare, R. Vacondio, and A. J. C. Crespo, 2018. Current and Future DualSPHysics-SWASH Coupling for Overtopping Estimation in Shallow Foreshores, Proceedings of the 2018 36th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, July 30--August 3, Baltimore, MD (Accepted for Publication).
  • Carberry Mogan, S.R., Sahin, I., Hartwig, J.W., Oleson, S., Tafuni, A., 2017. Numerical Simulations of Flow Past a Submarine in Extraterrestrial, Cryogenic Seas, in: Proceedings of the 2017 AIAA SPACE and Astronautics Forum and Exposition, September 12-14, Orlando (FL), USA.
  • Carberry Mogan, S.R., Sawicki, P., Bernardo, C.J., Chen, D., Sahin, I. Hartwig, J.W., Tafuni, A., 2017. CFD study of an autonomous submarine in extraterrestrial seas, in: Proceedings of the ASME 2017 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information Engineering Conference IDETC-CIE 2017, August 6-9, Cleveland (OH), USA. 
  • Carberry Mogan, S.R., Sahin, I., Hartwig, J.W., Oleson, S., Tafuni, A., 2017. Traversing Titan's Seas: Simulating an Autonomous Submarine Operating in Extraterrestrial Seas, in: Proceedings of the 14th IPPW International Planetary Probe Workshop, June 12-16, The Hague, Netherlands.
  • Tafuni, A., Dominguez, J.M., Vacondio, R., Crespo, A.J.C., 2017. Accurate and efficient SPH open boundary conditions for real 3-D engineering problems, in: Proceedings of the 12th SPHERIC International Workshop, June 13-15, Ourense, Spain.
  • Tafuni, A., Dominguez, J.M., Vacondio, R., Sahin, I., Crespo, A.J.C., 2016. Open boundary conditions for large-scale SPH simulations, in: Proceedings of the 11th SPHERIC International Workshop, June 13-16, Munich, Germany.
  • Di Ilio, G., Sahin, I., Tafuni, A., 2014. Unsteady Stokes flow for a vibrating cantilever under a free surface, in: Proceedings of the ASME 2014 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition 2014, Montreal, Canada. doi:10.1115/IMECE2014-36929.
  • Tafuni, A., Sahin, I., 2014. Seafloor pressure signatures of a high-speed boat in shallow water with SPH, in: Proceedings of the ASME 33rd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, San Francisco (CA), USA. doi:10.1115/OMAE2014-24080.
  • Tafuni, A., Sahin, I., 2013. Hydrodynamic loads on vibrating cantilevers under a free surface in viscous fluids with SPH, in: Proceedings of the ASME 2013 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition 2013, San Diego (CA), USA. doi:10.1115/IMECE2013-63792.


New York University Tandon School of Engineering, 2016

Doctor of Philosophy, Mechanical Engineering - Computational Hydrodynamics

Politecnico di Bari, 2014

Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering - Turbomachinery and Energy Systems

Polytechnic Institute of New York University, 2012

Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering - Fluid Dynamics and Thermal Systems

Politecnico di Bari, 2009

Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering - Aerospace Structures


New York University

Visiting Professor

From: January 2016 to present

New York University

Teaching Fellow

From: August 2012 to December 2015

New York University

Graduate and Research Assistant

From: May 2011 to December 2011

Eindhoven University of Technology


From: September 2009 to February 2010

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Awards + Distinctions

2nd Place, NYU Tandon School of Engineering Research Expo 2016 - "Fast Computational Tools for Numerical Hydrodynamics", April, 27th 2016

ASME Outreach for Engineers Scholarship, OOAE Division of ASME-IPTI, May 2014


  • SPH European Research Interest Community (SPHERIC)
  • American Physical Society, Division of Fluid Dynamics (APS-DFD)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Italian Scientists and Scholars of North America Foundation (ISSNAF)
  • New York Academy of Sciences

Research Interests

  • Free-Surface Hydrodynamics
  • Computational Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer
  • Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH)
  • Problems in Applied Mathematics and Numerical Analysis
  • High-Performance Computing
  • Ocean and Coastal Engineering Applications
  • Aerospace Engineering Applications


CFD Analysis of the Titan Submarine, (Principal Investigator)

NASA Glenn Research Center

Since the finding of large bodies of liquid on Titan’s surface, NASA has supported research towards developing the capabilities of conducting in-situ science. A conceptual design of an autonomous submarine to navigate Titan’s cryogenic seas has been funded by NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Phase I in 2014. The extreme extraterrestrial conditions of the seas in which the submarine will operate require an accurate prediction of the effects that the fluid environment will have on the submarine throughout the duration of the mission. In light of this, a collaboration involving New York University Tandon School of Engineering and NASA Glenn Research Center has been initiated to optimize the conceptual design of a submarine that will navigate the cryogenic, hydrocarbon seas of Titan using numerical techniques. Particularly, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is used to analyze both modes of operation for the submarine: deeply submerged and near the free-surface. Through CFD it is also possible to alter the liquid properties of the various seas that have been observed to vary with depth and location. Future investigations may involve new data received from Cassini as it continues to orbit and analyze Titan in the final stage of its mission.