Our coursesCheck out our CFD courses

Long before AirShaper was founded, we trained companies on the use of OpenFOAM to support their CAD and CAE design proces. OpenFOAM is an open source CFD (computational fluid dynamics) environment to model a.o. external aerodynamics. We decided to distribute our old course material to help people build their own custom simulations.

1. Introduction to CFD
  • Pro's and con's of wind tunnel testing & CFD simulations
  • Fluid & flow aspects: laminar vs turbulent flow, vortex shedding, ...
  • Steps in CFD: modeling, discretization, iteration
2. Introduction to OpenFOAM
  • Challenges of OpenFOAM: interface, learning curve, link to CAD
  • Benefits of OpenFOAM: community, solvers, parallel computing, ...
  • OpenFOAM workflow: meshing, 3D modeling, post-processing
3. Meshing in OpenFOAM
  • blockMesh & surface feature extraction
  • snappyHexMesh steps: castellated mesh, snapping, layers
  • Refinement & quality controls
4. Boundaries
  • Base patch types: wall, symmetry, cyclic, ...
  • Primitive patch types: fixedValue, zeroGradient, ...
  • Derived patch types: inletOutlet, totalPressure, ...
5. Incompressible solvers
  • Solver types: laminar/turbulent, steady/unsteady
  • Model properties: turbulence model, fluid properties
  • Solver properties: numerical schemes, relaxation factors, ...
6. Rotating elements: MRF vs AMI
  • Pro's and con's of MRF and AMI
  • MRF: cellZones, rotation properties, ...
  • AMI: patch creation, AMI interface, ...
7. Force & torque monitoring
  • Setup: controlDict, forces function
  • Output: file structure
This content was made in 2014 and may contain incorrect or outdated information. The reader is solely responsible for his or her use of this information and AirShaper cannot be held liable for any damages.

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  • Open Foam
  • Solar Impulse
  • iMec
  • Start IT @ KBC  START IT @ KBC

Code contributions by

  • KU Leuven
  • Inholland
  • Linkoping University