Visual-CFD for OpenFOAM®

Visual-CFD for OpenFOAM®

This course introduces users to the Visual Environment for OpenFOAM, Visual-CFD. It provides users with a GUI-based workflow for preparing, solving and post-processing OpenFOAM cases.

Topics covered

  • Introduction to the Visual Environment
  • Hands-on session related to a steady-state case
    • CAD clean-up
    • Meshing
    • Case setup
    • Solving
    • Post-processing
  • Automation using macros
  • Use of additional features including MRF, porous media
  • Transient running

Examples covered

  • External Aerodynamics case
  • Propeller/fan modelled using Multiple Reference Frame (MRF)
  • Duct with fan-curve and Arbitrary Mesh Interface (AMI)
  • Climate control, including porous media and heat exchanger
  • Fluid separator modelled using Volume of Fluid (VoF)
  • Electronic cooling with fan-curve and fluid-solid Conjugate Heat Transfer (CHT)

Course details

OpenFOAM USB stick
Participants undertake exercises in simulating cases in OpenFOAM on desktop PCs running a live OpenFOAM/Linux installation provided on a USB memory stick. Participants may alternatively boot this live installation of OpenFOAM on their personal laptops if they wish — see “requirements for bootable USB stick” for further details. Participants keep the USB memory stick at the end of the course.
Course materials
A high-quality booklet is provided with each course that participants can use during the course, and can later work through in their own time.
The language used in all OpenFOAM training courses is English.
Course times
The course is 1 day in duration and usually runs from 09.00 to 17.30 (local time).
Target audience
The Visual-CFD course is suitable for new users and existing users seeking to take advantage of GUI-driven processes.
No prior experience of OpenFOAM or programming is required.