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Industrial/PhD Course: Open-source Computational Fluid Dynamics – 2. Efficient Workflows and Code Customisation


23.06.2021 kl. 08.30 - 25.06.2021 kl. 16.30



Assistant Prof. Jakob Hærvig, Dept. of Energy Technology, AAU ( 
Assistant Prof. Johan Rønby, Dept. of Mathematical Sciences, AAU (  


Assistant Professor Jakob Hærvig, Dept. of Energy Technology, Aalborg University 
Assistant Professor Johan Rønby, Dept. of Mathematical Sciences, Aalborg University 

ECTS:  3


This course is the second part of the 5 day course on OpenFOAM and covers efficient workflows and code customisation. The first part of the course can be found here.  

Interaction between fluid and a human-made structure or device is design critical in a wide range of engineering disciplines. When designing bridges, cars, wind turbines and when optimising electronics cooling, ship hulls etc. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software is becoming an ever more important design tool. CFD enables faster design loop iteration by detailed flow analysis in or around a proposed design in a virtual environment. 

This course is an introduction to CFD using OpenFOAM which is the most widely used open source toolkit for CFD. The fact that OpenFOAM is open source makes it extremely versatile allowing the user to modify any aspect of the code to his/her needs. While large scale simulations with commercial CFD software can be extremely expensive due to licence fees, OpenFOAM can be run on massively parallel HPC’s at no additional cost. 


Participants must have basic understanding of the physics of fluids and the usage of CFD methods. Furthermore, basic skills in general use of computers are expected. The participants will work with exercises on an OpenFOAM installation on Microsoft Azure, so before the first day you must sign up for an account on Azure and preferably log in and verify the installation (more detailed info provided after sign-up). 

Furthermore, fundamental knowledge of OpenFOAM is expected. We recommend that new OpenFOAM users start with the course “Open-source Computational Fluid Dynamics – 1. Fundamentals“. Additionally, basic knowledge in Python programming is recommended. 

Form of evaluation: 

A standard mini-project must be delivered (4-8 pages) in addition to the OpenFOAM code. The mini-report should explain and document an OpenFOAM workflow along with modifications to either a flow solver, boundary conditions or functions objects



Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University


Aalborg University, Frederikskaj 10A, 2450 Copenhagen, Denmark

Registration Deadline

03.06.2021 kl. 00.00

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