OpenFOAM Apr. 19, 2018

Introduction to using OpenFOAM for CFD analysis

April 19, 2018


Delft University of Technology
Faculty of EEMCS,EWI, Snijders Room LB.01.010 & EWI, practicum room HB.05.150, Feldmannweg 3, 
Organizer: TU Delft Institute for Computational Science and Engineering


The maximum number of participants is 18. Please register early at
On April 19, 2018  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 Transport Phenomena  group of the Faculty of Applied Sciences 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.

  • Arrival 9:15-9:30
  • Morning Session I 9:30-10:30  (Lecture and demonstration) 

Short introduction to the background of OpenFOAM

  • Coffee break 10:30-11:00
  • Morning Session II 11:00:12:30 (Hands-on Lab session)

Case I:Incompressible flow

  • Lunch 12:30-13:15
  • Afternoon Session I 13:15-14:45 (Hands-on Lab session)

Case II:Multiphase flow

  • Tea break 14:45-15:00
  • Afternoon Session II 15:00-16:30 (Hands-on Lab session)

Case III:Building your own multi-physics model

  • Basics of OpenFOAM  discretisation and solution procedure
  • Geometry modeling with SALOME
  • Mesh generation with SALOME and conversion of  meshes  to the OpenFOAM format
  • Mesh generation with SnappyHexMesh
  • OF application for incompressible flow
  • OF application for multiphase flow
  • Building your own multi-physics model
  • Visualize computed results using ParaView
Learning objectives

After completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Generate basic to moderate geometric models in SALOME
  • Generate an unstructured grid for viscous flow computations using the SALOME grid generator and the OpenFOAM tool SnappyHexMesh
  • Simulate time-dependent turbulent incompressible flow
  • Simulate time-dependent incompressible immiscible two-phase flow.
  • Build a simple simulation model starting from a system of partial differential equations
  • Visualize your results using ParaView.


What do you get:
  • A step-by-step tutorial
  • A live-cd/usb-stick to continue your work  on your own system at home or in your office.