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Learn OpenFOAM CFD Modeling to Programming (the full introduction)

Break the boundaries by making your own solvers

Instructed by Ziad Baraka

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  • Be able to create your own solver from scratch by knowing the basics of OpenFOAM programming
  • Be able to model your own simulations in OpenFOAM
  • Be able to Modify existing solvers
  • Know the main interface of OpenFOAM
  • Be able to use and modify the tutorials existing in OpenFOAM
  • Understand the basics of OpenFOAM and Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)

Whether you are a beginner in modeling or you are a great modeler this course is going to be useful. This course is about breaking the modeling boundaries and be able to actually create any model you want to do. OpenFOAM allows us to program our own solvers and that’s what makes it special. Most of the modeling software have a set of predefined solvers that you need to stick with, but not OpenFOAM, you will have the predefined solvers along with the capability to create your own.

So in this course you will learn how to model using OpenFOAM and how to be able to create your solvers from the very beginning. I’m going to make it easy, simple and hopefully fun to follow my lectures ;)). All I guarantee to you is that you will find it useful at the end.

  • Having Linux Operating System (you can use virtual machine if you don't use one). using Linux isn't essential but will make it easier to follow the course and will ease the use of OpenFOAM
  • Good Engineering sense. (Doesn't necessarily mean you are an engineer ;) you need just good math and innovation)
  • some knowledge of programming in general. Although any programming steps will be provided in the course
  • A background in Math.
  • Researchers and Commercial users looking for a fast and flexible software to implement their work
  • Engineering students who need to work in CFD and the modeling industry
  • Professors looking for a modelling software to use in class
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Section 1 : Introduction

  • Lecture 1 :
  • Lecture 2 :
  • Introduction
  • Lecture 3 :
  • Basic CFD terminology

Section 2 : Installing OpenFOAM

  • Lecture 1 :
  • Installing OpenFOAM 4.1
  • Lecture 2 :
  • Installing OpenFOAM 6
  • Lecture 3 :
  • OpenFOAM introduction
  • Lecture 4 :
  • GroovyBC

Section 3 : Running your first case

  • Lecture 1 :
  • Section intro
  • Lecture 2 :
  • Tutorials folder
  • Lecture 3 :
  • Case structure
  • Lecture 4 :
  • Cavity case: Problem definition
  • Lecture 5 :
  • Cavity tutorial: walkthrough the case
  • Lecture 6 :
  • Cavity tutorial: running the solver
  • Lecture 7 :
  • Post-processing

Section 4 : Basics for making a case from scratch

  • Lecture 1 :
  • Section intro
  • Lecture 2 :
  • Meshing with blockMesh quick tips
  • Lecture 3 :
  • Meshing with blockMesh part 1
  • Lecture 4 :
  • Meshing with blockMesh part 2
  • Lecture 5 :
  • Other meshing options
  • Lecture 6 :
  • Understanding the fvSchemes file
  • Lecture 7 :
  • Understanding the fvSolution file
  • Lecture 8 :
  • OpenFOAM dimensions
  • Lecture 9 :
  • Making Boundary files

Section 5 : Solver programming introduction

  • Lecture 1 :
  • Solver structure
  • Lecture 2 :
  • Section intro
  • Lecture 3 :
  • The basic syntax
  • Lecture 4 :
  • The programmer's guide

Section 6 : Making your first solver

  • Lecture 1 :
  • Section intro
  • Lecture 2 :
  • IcoFoam structure
  • Lecture 3 :
  • Modifying the solver
  • Lecture 4 :
  • icoFoam governing equations
  • Lecture 5 :
  • Running a case with the modified solver
  • Lecture 6 :
  • Final words
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Ziad Baraka,

An aerospace Engineer. I can give my point of view for applications as an engineer in the industry and target the major points that need attention. Maybe, I haven't been so long in the industry but I have a lot of knowledge to give. I can work on control systems, Computational Fluid Dynamics and space systems. I have an experience in teaching through my university and I have the enthusiasm to deliver what I know to other people in a simplified way.
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