Basic OpenFOAM training for application engineers


If you are an application engineer who applies CFD using commercial software to solve engineering problems, then this course will be of great help to move to OpenFOAM ®. 

OpenFOAM® today is 2nd most widely used CFD package in the world, is completely free and highly customizable due to availability of source code.

This training is delivered by ESI's CFD services team which has rich experience of over 20 years. Trainers will also share their experience of handling various projects which is unmatched with any other training that is being offered around.


OpenFOAM® Version:

OpenFOAM v1712 will be used for this training.


Training Cost:

INR 10,000 + taxes


CFD Engineers / Managers / Analysts [Indian Nationals]


The main emphasis of this training is hands-on, users will be executing the tutorials along with the trainer right from the first hour of the training. This will enable users to have a feel of the software in applying it to solve the daily engineering CFD problems.


Prior experience with a CFD is recommended but not required.

Course content:


Day 1

Session Detail
Morning Session: This session is oriented to understand basics and shows how to execute a set problem

Introduction to basic Linux commands

Brief introduction of OpenFOAM and basics about file structure

Hands on with incompressible model covering:

  • Meshing: Block Meshing & Mesh visualization
  • Case Setup & Simulation: Boundary Condition, Transport properties definition, Turbulence model selection, basics of numerical schemes, Simulation write control and format, solver definition.
  • Post processing: Contour plots, legend modification, Vector plots.


Afternoon Session: In this session, meshing will be introduced first with deep understanding of terms. Later case set up will be introduced with all details and best practices

Propeller simulation using MRF approach


  • Define Input CAD/ Geometry data, Surface Mesh sizing based on part or assembly, Volume Zone refinement, Surface Feature preservation, Boundary Layer generation
  • Multi-domain Meshing
  • Effect of important parameter changes on the mesh and subsequently on results, such as with or without Boundary Layer


  • Fan/MRF modeling
  • Automatic switching from first order numerical schemes to second order, tweaking of relaxation parameters
  • Effect of boundary condition changes such as Velocity Inlet to Pressure Inlet or normal wall to slip wall

Other Utilities: Items such as Solution Monitoring, Solver Controls, Mesh Manipulation (Scaling, Import, Export), Case Partitioning, Running in Parallel

Day 2

Session Detail
Morning Session: This session introduces users to handle multiphase problems. Details of post-processing will be dealt here using appropriate examples.

Volume of Fluid (VOF) simulation covering:

  • Meshing
    • Multi-block Meshing
  • Case Setup
    • Multiphase simulation, 
    • Field Initialization/ Patching of different phases
    • Transient Analysis
  • Postprocessing
    • Particle traces, 2D plot over a line
    • Visualization of volume fraction & fluid-fluid interface
    • Image and Animation Output 

Afternoon Session: Advanced meshing options will be introduced here. Heat transfer, which forms major part of engineering applications, will be dealt with appropriate examples

Compressible flow simulation with Arbitrary Mesh Interface 

  • Meshing
    • Merging of two meshes, 
    • Mesh Quality parameter setup and their explanations, mesh review from quality point of view
    • Interior Zone definitions for Boundary Conditions such as Fan and/or for monitoring
  • Case Setup
    • Understanding of OpenFOAM deck for Compressible and non-isothermal
    • Arbitrary Interface 
    • Porous media & Heat source modeling
  • Postprocessing
    • To find out variable value at a particular location
      Creation of Iso-Surfaces, deriving new variables for better understanding of simulation


Towards the end of training an optional session of Visual-CFD is planned.  Visual-CFD GUI environment integrates OpenFOAM into a CAE platform, called Visual Environment. More details of the Visual-CFD can be found here:

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