- 25-28 January 2016: OpenFOAM Training London UK
- 22-25 February 2016: OpenFOAM Training Houston USA
- 7-10 March 2016: OpenFOAM Training Berlin Germany
Improving OpenFOAM Usability
Our training is not just updated for OpenFOAM v3.0, but actually informed the development of OpenFOAM v3.0. How? OpenFOAM v3.0 offers improved usability through developments contributed by Henry Weller (OpenFOAM Architect) and Chris Greenshields (OpenFOAM Manager and Trainer) at CFD Direct. The following features were added so our course participants spend less time struggling with quirks of the software, leaving more time to build and practice their CFD skills.
- Template cases, that provide a convenient way to set up and start a new simulation.
- Packaged tools, particularly for post-processing, that can be plugged into a case as required.
- Useful scripts, e.g. for live plotting of time-value data and creating videos.
- Separating required user input data from application configuration controls, e.g. for snappyHexMesh.
- Code feature changes to reduce the number of steps required for a given task.
Developing CFD Experience and Competence
The training involves learning through experience. We present participants with representative cases, many of which were added to OpenFOAM v3.0, spanning a range of scientific disciplines and industries, e.g. external aerodynamics of a car, wind flow around buildings, static mixer, nozzle jet, cyclone, water channel, exhaust system, propeller, etc. We teach design of CFD solutions, starting with a prototype case that is then enhanced in small, digestible steps with periods of reflection to reinforce new concepts. We build competence in CFD with OpenFOAM, giving participants the confidence to carry out CFD analysis to a defined standard, repeatedly.
- Confidence = not freezing at the keyboard.
- Repeatedly = delivering a good solution, and another…
- Defined standard = understand what a good solution is and delivering solutions in a timely manner.
The training addresses the challenges of CFD analysis through a modular curriculum that builds competence across the core components of CFD: fluid dynamics/physical modelling; geometry and meshing; numerical methods; data analysis; and, computing. The training is flexible, but we don’t mistake “flexibility” for “training without structure that misses key competencies.”
To book seats on the courses, see our OpenFOAM Training Schedule.