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Getting started with OpenFOAM 2.0 Webinar

Getting started with OpenFOAM 2.0  Webinar

12 September 2011

The objective of the webinar is to introduce OpenFOAM® with its existing capability and provide hands on experience to  practicing CFD engineers. The total duration of the webinar is 4 hours which is divided into two hours sessions over two days. Participants will be provided with USB flash drive with a Live Linux installation preconfigured with OpenFOAM® libraries. Email support will be provided to all participants for duration of two weeks where the participants can put forward any queries related to the content of the webinar.
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Topics & Schedule

Day 1: Monday, 12th September 2011

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM GMT – OpenFOAM installation

Installation has been the biggest hurdle in getting started with OpenFOAM®. The cause can be attributed to the fact that most existing users are not familiar with Linux Operating System. Therefore, the object of the first session is to familiarize the participants with the Linux Operating System and introduce them to various methods of Installation available. The Webinar will provide a walk through of the installation procedure from the USB flash drive which can be replicated by the participants simultaneously or later based on choice and convenience. Further, the participants will be introduced to basic Linux commands.

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM GMT – Generating and Importing Mesh file

blockMesh & snappyHexMesh are the structured hexahedral mesh generation utilities ported with OpenFOAM®. Apart from mesh generated on OpenFOAM® using blockMesh or snappyHexMesh utilities, meshes generated from a large number of commercial and free mesh generation software can be imported into OpenFOAM®. In this session, participants will be taught how to generate mesh using blockMesh and snappyHexMesh utilities. Further, the participants will be taught commands through which they can import meshes generated on various available meshing softwares. By the end of each session, participants will be provided with the video recording of the webinar for reference in future.

*After these two sessions, participants will be expected to install OpenFOAM® on their computers/laptops and get familiarized with Linux and OpenFOAM®. In case they face any problem email support would be provided to ensure that everyone is on same page before the start of second session. 

Day 2: Friday, 16th September 2011

2:00 PM to 3:30 PM GMT – Overview of OpenFOAM solver

Over the period of several years in development, OpenFOAM ® has evolved into robust and powerful CFD solver, where its capability to address wide range CFD problems has been enhanced to match and at times exceed that of commercial CFD software. This session will provide an elaborate introduction to various capabilities of OpenFOAM®. Further, the participants will be taught:
  How to choose the right solver?
  How to select from the available models in OpenFOAM®?  
  How to setup a case on OpenFOAM®?
  How to run and monitor the progress of the solution on OpenFOAM®?
  How to monitor progress for a running simulation?

3:30 PM to 4:00 PM GMT – Overview of Post-processing using Paraview

Paraview is a open source visualization tool which is ported as a third party tool with OpenFOAM®. The objective of this sessionis to introduce the participants to the capabilities and methods to manipulate the results obtained on OpenFOAM® usingParaview. Further, the participants will be introduced to commands with which OpenFOAM® results can be exported to otherthird party visualization software. By the end of each session, participants will be provided with the video recording of the webinar for reference in future.

* These two sessions will familiarize the participants to the solvers and commands required to solve & process CFD problems on OpenFOAM®. By the end of this session, participants will be expected to solve a predefined set of CFD problems on their own and in need of any assistance, they will be provided with Email support till 23rd September.


The introduction & training on OpenFOAM® will be provided by practicing OpenFOAM® engineers from Mechartes. Questions related to theoretical aspects of CFD will be addressed by Professor M.R. Ravi of the Mechanical Engineering Department at IIT (Indian Institute of Technology), New Delhi.


200 USD per participant for seminar

Payment Method

Payment using credit card & paypal can be made by payment link on front page of www.mechartes.com.


If you have any questions or queries related to webinar please drop a mail to openfoam@mechartes.com.


This offering is not approved or endorsed by OpenCFD Limited, the producer of the OpenFOAM software and owner of the OPENFOAM® and OpenCFD® trade marks.

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