OpenFOAM has an extensive range of features to simulate anything from turbulent flows in automotive aerodynamics, to fires and fire suppression in buildings, involving combustion, chemical reactions, heat transfer, liquid sprays and films. It includes tools for meshing in and around complex geometries (e.g. a vehicle), and for data processing and visualisation, and more. Almost all computations can be executed in parallel as standard to take full advantage of today’s multi-core processors and multi-processor computers.  The following lists contain some, but not all, of the available features in OpenFOAM with some links to further information.

Fluid Dynamics/Physical Modelling

Data Analysis

Geometry and Meshing

Numerical Solution

  • Numerical method
  • Linear system solvers
  • ODE system solvers

Computing and Programming

  • Equation syntax
  • Libraries of functionality
  • Parallel computing