The 6th SA-UNESCO Engineering, Science and Technology Conference

23 - 27 September 2019

North-West University, Mafikeng Campus

This workshop is aimed at postgraduate engineering, physics or applied mathematics students, researchers or industry professionals with some experience in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) who wish to learn to use OpenFOAM.

OpenFOAM is the most widely used open-source CFD package in academia and industry worldwide, but has a steep learning curve compared with commercial CFD offerings and has the drawback of a lack of documentation.

The workshop seeks to bridge the gap between the over-simplified tutorial cases provided in the OpenFOAM user guide and simulation problems more representative of those found in engineering practice. Methods of computational mesh generation, tips and tricks for simulation setup, choice of solver, runtime tuning and postprocessing techniques will be presented through hands-on exercises. A brief introduction to using OpenFOAM on an HPC system will also be provided.

Attendees will be expected to bring their own laptop, preferably with OpenFOAM already installed (either through a native linux installation or some sort of virtual environment). They will need a working knowledge of the linux command line interface, and preferably have worked through the incompressible flow dam-break tutorial case provided with OpenFOAM and described in the user-guide.