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OpenFOAM® Introduction Course

OpenFOAM® Introduction Course
Date: 10.06.2015 9:00 - 11.06.2015 17:00
Location details: -
Language: english-language
lecturers: Ashvinkumar Chaudhari (LUT)
Jukka-Pekka Keskinen (Aalto University)
Armin Wehrfritz (Aalto University)
Esko Järvinen (CSC)
Price: -

The course is intended for those with little or no previous knowledge of OpenFOAM® package.  The course gives an overview of OpenFOAM and is a good starting point for the package usage.

OpenFOAM is a free, open source CFD software package developed by OpenCFD Ltd at ESI Group and distributed by the OpenFOAM Foundation. OpenFOAM is licensed the GNU General Public License.

The backbone of the course comprises of tutorials with hand-on sessions in which participants resolve the tutorial problems by themself, with assistance of the course trainers. Before each of the tutorial, in the preliminaries sections, all required information necessary for the tutorial are presented. At the end of the course, participants have become familiar with OpenFOAM usage and are able to start using the software in their specific projects including own code development.

In the end of the course trainees has opportunity to get help from trainers in implementations of trainees' own cases.  Course participants are asked to send in advance descriptions of their cases including input materials, such as the geometry files.

Course materials consist of copies of the presentation slides and tutorial material.

The course precede Finnish OpenFOAM User Day 2015 organized at LUT.


Day 1.

8.00 Registration, coffee

8.30 Course introduction - Overview on OpenFOAM package

9.30 Tutorial 1: Turbulent flow simulations with OpenFOAM
           - preliminaries: Low-Re modelling, wall functions, extending OpenFOAM with own turbulence model  
            - validation case: Buice-Eaton diffuser

12.00 Lunch break

13.00 Building an own solver
           - Example: adding an equation for passive scalar

13.45 Coffee

14.15 Tutorial 2: Grid generation with OpenFOAM
           - preliminaries: automated and parallelized grid generator with snappyHexMesh
           - different validation cases

17.00 End of the day

Day 2.

8.45  OpenFOAM utilities and function objects 

9.30   Coffee

10.00 Tutorial 3: Changing the solver

          - preliminaries: Parallel computing with OpenFOAM; Useful Linux commands; Linux text editors
          - modification of a case by "trial and error"
          - efficient use of OpenFOAM's user interface on Linux
          - parallel computing

11.30 Lunch break

12.30 Tutorial 3: Changing the solver - cont.

13.45 Coffee

14.15 Trainees' own cases
           - case implementation using OpenFOAM with help by trainers

16.15 End of the course