Introduction to using OpenFOAM for CFD analysis

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Introduction to using OpenFOAM for CFD analysis

November 21, 2017


Delft University of Technology

Faculty of EEMCS, Snijders Room LB.01.010 & EWI, practicum room HB.05.150, Feldmannweg 3, Delft


Organizer: TU Delft Institute for Computational Science and Engineering.


Registration: The maximum number of participants is 18. Please register early at

as we expect that more than 18 people will be interested in participating. For members of DCSE this course is free, TU Delft students pay € 50,- for the lunch and course material. For other participants the costs are € 200,- (including lunch and course material).


On November 21, 2017 an introductory course in the use of OpenFOAM for computational fluid dynamics analysis will be given at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science of Delft University of Technology, in Delft.


The course is organized in the framework of the Dutch OpenFOAM user group (DOUG), by members of the Numerical Analysis group of the Delft Institute of Applied Mathematics (DIAM) and the Aerodynamics group of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering of Delft University of Technology. This is the third time this course is taught and the organizers have used all the feedback from the first two editions to further improve the course material. There are now five tutorials available, and the participants can choose three that best suit their interest.


You will learn all the steps involved in computational fluid dynamics analysis using Open Source algorithms: geometry modeling, mesh generation, the actual computation and visualization for some basic applications. Additionally, you will be taught how to define a simple model in OpenFOAM. The course will almost entirely consist of hands-on Lab sessions, with only a brief introduction to the theoretical background of OpenFOAM. The complete program and learning objectives of the course are listed below.





ñ  Arrival 9:15-9:30

ñ  Morning Session I 9:30-10:30  (Lecture and demonstration)

Short introduction to the background of OpenFOAM

ñ  Coffee break 10:30-11:00

ñ  Morning Session II 11:00:12:30 (Hands-on Lab session)

Case I:Incompressible flow

ñ  Lunch 12:30-13:15

ñ  Afternoon Session I 13:15-14:45 (Hands-on Lab session)

Case II:Multiphase flow

ñ  Tea break 14:45-15:00

ñ  Afternoon Session II 15:00-16:30 (Hands-on Lab session)

Case III:Building your own  model



ñ  Basics of OpenFOAM  discretisation and solution procedure

ñ  Geometry modeling with SALOME

ñ  Mesh generation with SALOME and conversion of  meshes  to the OpenFOAM format

ñ  Mesh generation with snappyHexMesh

ñ  OF application for incompressible flow

ñ  OF application for multiphase flow

ñ  Building your own model

ñ  Visualize computed results using ParaView



Learning objectives

After completion of the course you will be able to:

ñ  Generate basic to moderate geometric models in SALOME

ñ  Generate an unstructured grid for viscous flow computations using the SALOME grid generator and the OpenFOAM tool snappyHexMesh

ñ  Simulate time-dependent turbulent incompressible flow

ñ  Simulate time-dependent incompressible immiscible two-phase flow.

ñ  Build a simple simulation model starting from a system of partial differential equations

ñ  Visualize your results using ParaView.


What do you get:

ñ  A step-by-step tutorial

ñ  A live-cd/usb-stick to continue your work  on your own system at home or in your office.



Kind regards, Duncan R. van der Heul


Delft University of Technology

Faculty of Electrical Engineering,

Mathematics and Computer Science

Delft Institute for Applied Mathematics Department of Applied Mathematics Section Scientific Computing


Mekelweg 4

2628 CD Delft

The Netherlands

Room: HB 07.230

tel: +31(0)15 2782519

fax: +31(0)15 2787209