17–21 June 2019
Hilton Anatole, Dallas, Texas

OpenFOAM® Foundations: The open source CFD toolbox

Hilton Anatole, Dallas, Texas
15–16 June 2019 
0800-1700 hrs  

Member - Early (until 27 May)  $500
Member - Standard   $600
Conference Rate  $700

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This course introduces the open source CFD toolbox, OpenFOAM. It provides a foundation for all aspects of OpenFOAM, from running cases to programming, so is useful to both new users and existing users wishing to broaden their basic knowledge of OpenFOAM.

An experienced trainer from OpenCFD – the company delivering official distribution of OpenFOAM every 6 months - will be presenting practical training based on the latest release. Training is based on mixture of lectures and hands-on exploring simple applications run on a cloud computer.  More information can be found here

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to download and install the Official OpenFOAM open-source release from openfoam.com
  • Use the built-in unstructured mesher snappyHexMesh and boundary layer controls
  • Execute a standard airfoil example using a RANS laminar-to-turbulent transitional modeling, comparing drag-polar, CL-alpha with experimental data, plotting skin friction and transition point
  • Familiarize yourself with the open-source software ParaView for post-processing
  • Establish the basics of OpenFOAM knowledge, leading to more advanced application and programming
  • Apply appropriate physics and boundary conditions for aerospace applications

    Who Should Attend

    The Foundation course is suitable for new users and existing users seeking to broaden their basic knowledge of OpenFOAM, particularly in best practices and latest developments. The Foundation Course is designed to impart important background knowledge to be able to use OpenFOAM effectively. People generally underestimate the amount and range of information covered on the Foundation Course. The aim of the training is not only to bring to show how to use OpenFOAM but as well how it works to help users understand the choices they make on meshing, numerics and boundary condition setup. 


    Matej Forman, leads the OpenFOAM training team, is based in Europe working as part of the core OpenFOAM team at OpenCFD for the past 5 years, and has worked with OpenFOAM for the past 10 years.  His academic background is in combustion, heat/mass transfer and multiphase flows. In addition to his lead training responsibilities, Matej develops documentation and training materials for meshing best practices, physical modelling and numerical controls.

    Course Outline

    • The OpenFOAM software distribution
    • Background in the use of Linux/UNIX
    • OpenFOAM applications
    • Basic meshing
    • Field initialization and boundary conditions
    • Selecting models and setting parameters
    • Solution monitoring and control
    • Advanced meshing using snappyHexMesh
    • Mesh quality assessment
    • Boundary conditions
    • Reynolds-averaged simulation for turbulence
    • Post-processing tools and visualization
    • Running in parallel
    • The finite volume method and PISO/SIMPLE/PIMPLE algorithms
    • Best practices on solver and discretization setup
    • Aerospace specific examples and cases – airfoil, wing, simple aircraft

    Course Materials

    Course notes will be made available about one week prior to the course event.  You will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to access your course notes.  Since these notes will not be distributed on site, AIAA and your course instructor highly recommend that you bring your computer with the course notes already downloaded.  

    Access to the software and individual logins will be provided through cloud computing.  All attendees should bring Wi-Fi enabled laptops to the class.

    Course Registration

    Pricing and registration information can be found  here

    AIAA CEUs are available for this course.


    Please contact Jason Cole if you have any questions about courses and workshops at AIAA forums. 

    Dates to Remember

    • Manuscript Deadline: 14 May 2019
    • Early Mem Reg Deadline: 27 May 2019
    • Cancellation Deadline: 27 May 2019

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