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.
Research Interests: Computational Fluid Dynamics, Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics, Hydrodynamics, Ocean Engineering, Aerospace Engineering