Home Corsi di FormazioneSummer School 2011 on VMTK - Fluent - Paraview

CILEA, 12-15 September 2011


Summer School 2011


VMTK - Fluent - Paraview:  

Computational Tools

For Hemodynamics Applications


Engineering applications involving biological fluids have highly transversal requirements in terms of domain definition, flow conditions, fluid rheological properties, structure motion, visualization and post-processing of the results. For these reasons, and thanks to the enormous developments of computational sciences, a computer-aided–engineering workflow seems to be a possible elective environment where to perform hemodynamics studies and medical device design.

Today a large part of the technological requirements needed to tackle these problems in a computational environment are already available in open source and/or commercial software. Nevertheless, success still strongly depends on technical knowledge and practice.

This four days course, focused on the technical aspects of this field of application and structured as an extended hands-on tutorial, is intended to walk the attendants through a complete analysis of a sample hemodynamic application, providing technical insights on each phase of the workflow.

The main expected benefits for the course attendant are:

  • enlarge their knowledge on state of art methods and algorithms;
  • apply best practices on state-of-the-art software deployment;
  • experience technical tips-and-tricks throughout the different phases of the tutorial;
  • learn from case history and practical applications told by ANSYS experts.

The course will therefore facilitate and speed-up in silico healthcare research and Computational Fluid Dynamics driven medical device design.


The summer school is aimed to junior and senior engineers, scientists and PhD or postdoctoral students in the area of bio fluid mechanics.


Computational tools

VMTK The Vascular Modeling Toolkit is a collection of open-source libraries and tools for 3D reconstruction, geometric analysis, mesh generation and surface data analysis for image-based modeling of blood vessels.

Ansys CFD Suite ANSYS fluid dynamics solutions is a comprehensive commercial product suite for modeling fluid flow.

RBF Morph RBF Morph is a unique morpher that combines a very accurate control of the geometrical parameters with an extremely fast mesh deformation.

Paraview ParaView is an open-source, multi-platform data analysis and visualization application.


The registration fee is 500 € for academic participants and 800 € for others.

The maximum number of participants is set to twenty.

The fee covers the participation to all the lectures and tutorials, a printed version of lecture notes and a digital version of the tutorial solutions. A trial license (one month) of Ansys products and RBF Morph will also be availables for participants.

Extended date for early registration: Payment is required by July 29, 2011. After this date an extra fee of 150 € will be charged.

Participants are asked to make their own Hotel reservations.

Launch voucher is included.


Registration form

For any further information please contact the school secretariat at




The Tourist Guide Centre of Milan

The Classic city tour (duration approximately 3 hours) includes a visit to the most significant monuments of Milan: The Cathedral (Duomo), the Victor Emmanuel II Gallery, the Scala Opera House and its square, the Sforza Castle or Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper.




Luca Antiga

(Orobix s.r.l.) (Coordinator)

Luca Antiga obtained his PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano in 2002, and was Head of the Medical Imaging Unit at the Mario Negri Institute in Bergamo up until 2009. Since 2009 he is Co-founder and Principal Scientist at Orobix Srl. He co-authored 30 peer-reviewed papers in the fields of medical imaging, image analysis, numerical simulation and bioengineering, and is lead developer of the Vascular Modeling Toolkit. 



Raffaele Ponzini

(CILEA) (CFD applications)

Master degree in Bioengineering from the Politecnico di Milano (2002). Since 2003 he is working as a member of the High Perfomance Computing group of CILEA, where is in charge of the management of computational fluid dynamics codes. In 2007 he finished his PhD program in Bioengineering at the Politecnico di Milano. His research interests include multiscale models in hemodynamics, and scientific visualization. He is author of 15 peer reviewed international papers in the field of biomechanics and computational fluid dynamics.


Marco E. Biancolini

(Tor Vergata University and RBFMorph s.r.l) (Advanced CFD applications)

Education and Academic Career in Mechanical Engineering at the University Tor Vergata. Graduated in 1997, PhD in 2001. Full time researcher since 2000, lecturer in Machine Design since 2002. Author of 90 scientific papers. Author of RBF Morph, awarded for the Most Advanced Approach using integrated and combined simulation methods at the European Automotive Simulation Conference (EASC 2009). Winner of the Fluent award CFD User of the Year 2005 for the most innovative use of CFD with the work Modeling FSI Problems in Fluent using UDFs.


Google Maps



By train 

  • S5 and S6 city rail link, stop Segrate


By bus

  • Line 924, ATM public transport company, stop Modigliani/Morandi


By plane

  • From Malpensa airport S1 & S6 city rail link
  • From Linate airport bus lines 73 & 925
  • From Orio Al Serio airport bus to Milano

The summer school is organized in collaboration with:
Ansys Italia
Hewlett-Packard Italia


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