Humans of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science

Håkan Nilsson

Meeting new people, combining knowledge and exchange experience via OpenFOAM is a way I like to work. Together we can achieve more than every single one of us on our own

Håkan Nilsson is visiting professor at TU Delft during 2018 and 2019. He is full professor at the Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences, Division of Fluid Dynamics, at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. The main objective of his visiting professorship at TU Delft is to exchange OpenFOAM technology and knowledge between Chalmers University of Technology and Delft University of Technology. OpenFOAM is the largest open source software for Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).

‘I aim to meet all the researchers and PhD students who are using or planning to use OpenFOAM in their research and teaching. I hope that this will lead to an increased collaboration and the exchange of knowledge, mainly around CFD, between different people in different departments at TU Delft.

Meeting new people, combining knowledge and exchange experience is what is of importance to me. I think that in this way we can achieve more together than every single one of us on our own. That’s the way I like to work; combining knowledge to bring out something new. By doing so I get into a lot of different research areas to learn and help.’

OpenFOAM is the free, open source CFD software released and developed primarily by OpenCFD Ltd since 2004. It has a large user base across most areas of engineering and science, from both commercial and academic organisations. OpenFOAM has an extensive range of features to solve anything from complex fluid flows involving chemical reactions, turbulence and heat transfer, to acoustics, solid mechanics and electromagnetics.

As one part of his visiting professorship at TU Delft, Håkan will give a course each spring in OpenFOAM development. Anyone interested in the course, or just a chat over a cup of tea, can contact him at