Curso de OpenFOAM: introducción a la dinámica de fluidos computacional (2ª edición)

 30 April, 2015

CloudPYME project organises, on may 26-28, the “Introductory Course to computational fluid dynamics with OpenFOAM®”, a free computational library oriented to numerical modelling of multi-physics problems.

Nowadays, aiming product optimisation and minimisation of resources employed, any design activity within a project should be assisted by modelling tools. In the market there are countless modelling software, able to simulate extremely complex processes. The dissemination of these programs by the industry faces two major difficulties, the cost of the commercial software licences and/or the nonexistence of human resources with adequate skills.

The limitations in terms of cost, can be surpassed through the utilisation of open-source software. In the past this branch of codes presented very specific/limited capabilities, and were developed by very small researcher teams. Nowadays, the communities that work in open-source codes were substantially enlarged and better organised. As a consequence, some of this codes, compared with the commercial ones, in some cases present improved capabilities, and, given the large range of skill covered by the development teams, covers a much wider range of applications. One example is the computational library OpenFOAM®, that is able to simulate the behaviour of extremely complex multi-physic systems, covering both fluid and solid behaviour, being also able to perform parallel computations. One of the main advantages of OpenFOAM® is his programmability/adaptability, resorting to a symbolic programming language, that allows developing new applications for resolution of specific problems.

Based on the above, the subsisting main barrier to the employment of numerical codes is the lack of knowledge, that is additionally hindered by the scarcity of organised documentation, common to the generality of open-source modelling programs. This limitation can be surpassed through knowledge transfer from experienced users to the potential ones. This aim is the main motivation of this training action, allocated to industry professionals with interest in numerical modelling.


Sala de Formação da Tecminho

Edifício dos Congregados da Universidade do Minho

Avenida Central nº 100

4710 – 229 Braga


Map GPS: 41.551404, -8.421087

Software OpenFOAM

Specific aims

After the course, the attendees should be able to:

  • Know the typical structure of a OpenFOAM® case study;
  • Know the main capacities and models available in OpenFOAM®;
  • Prepare case studies in OpenFOAM®;
  • Use computational mesh generators adapted for OpenFOAM®;
  • Monitor the evolution of the calculation process;
  • Use postprocessing tools for results analysis;
  • Evaluate and control the numerical calculation precision;
  • Develop new applications in OpenFOAM®.
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  • The assistance to the course is free of charge.
  • The places are limited (16) and will be attributed first to workers of companies from the basic zone into POCTEP program.
  • Duration: 24 h
  • We will deliver certified of participation.
  • Registration period ended on May 2015, 21th

Centro Tecnológico do Calçado de Portugal

Associação Portuguesa da Indústria de Plásticos

Associação Nacional da Indústria de Moldes

AIMinho Associação Empresarial


26, tuesday

27, wednesday

28, thursday


  • Introduction to OpenFOAM
  • Basic Heat Transfer problem
  • Introduction to blockMesh
  • checkMesh utility
  • Monitoring the evolution of calculation residuals with gnuplot


Numerical case study

  • Problem: lid-driven cavity
  • Mesh generation with blockMesh
  • sample utility
  • Mesh sensitivity analysis


13:00-14:00 Lunchtime

Tutorials, post-processing and parallel process

  • OpenFOAM tutorials
  • Postprocessing in paraview
  • Parallel computation
  • Utilities (patchIntegrate, patchAverage)


Solver Programming

  • programming a non-isothermal flow solver
  • Temperature mixing flow


All sessions comprise theory and the resolution of practical problems

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CloudPYME project is a collaboration between CESGA, AIMEN, CATIM and AIMMAP cofunded with FEDER funds through third announcement of “Programa Operativo de Cooperación Transfronteriza España – Portugal 2007-2013 POCTEP” (0682_CLOUDPYME2_1_E).