Open Source CFD: What is it and can I benefit from it?
At ESI, we understand the constant pressure OEMs and suppliers face to reduce development cost while maintaining a very high level of engineering innovation. In this environment, open source solutions appear to be very attractive propositions, providing the organization access to a virtually unlimited number of seats, thus allowing engineers to simulate more design variations and fostering innovation. Also, with open source, engineer can efficiently customize their simulations as needed with full access to the source code. However, before this transition to open source can happen, associated risks need to be evaluated and minimized, and potential issues need to be addressed. In particular, one has to carefully consider the quality of the results, the overall workflow and associated productivity, training, support, legacy data and many other factors.
OpenFOAM is a free, open source CFD software package
OpenFOAM offers an extensive range of features to solve anything from complex fluid flows involving chemical reactions, turbulence and heat transfer, to solid dynamics and electromagnetic. It has a large user base across most areas of engineering and science, from both commercial and academic organizations.
But is it right for you?
ESI has a global team of CFD consultants who have been successfully using OpenFOAM in tens of projects over the last four years. These projects ranged from application projects to customized solver coding to development of enhanced meshers, GUIs and workflow tools. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss your OpenFOAM applications with you. ESI experts are ready to share with you their knowledge and experience of OpenFOAM.