OpenFOAM® CFD Foundations Online



Instructed by Mr. Matej Forman, OpenFOAM training team leader, ESI Group


  • Learn OpenFOAM CFD Fundamentals for Aerospace with a combination of lectures and associated hands-on lab exercises
  • All course notes and exercises will be available for download. No sessions will be recorded.
  • All students will receive an AIAA Certificate of Completion at the end of the course


This course introduces the open source CFD toolbox, OpenFOAM. It provides a foundation for all aspects of OpenFOAM, from running cases to programming, so is useful to both new users and existing users wishing to broaden their basic knowledge of OpenFOAM.

An experienced trainer from OpenCFD – the company delivering official distribution of OpenFOAM every 6 months - will be presenting practical training based on the latest release. Training is based on mixture of lectures and hands-on exploring simple applications run on a cloud computer. More information can be found at

Learning Objectives
• Learn how to download and install the Official OpenFOAM open-source release from
• Use the built-in unstructured mesher snappyHexMesh and boundary layer controls
• Apply appropriate physics and boundary conditions for aerospace applications.
• Hands-on exercise on a standard airfoil example using a RANS model
• Hands-on exercise on  3D geometry – full aircraft and wing with aileron
• New adjoint-shape optimization capabilities will be presented
• Familiarize yourself with the open-source software ParaView for post-processing
• Establish the basics of OpenFOAM knowledge, leading to more advanced application and programming

Who Should Attend
The Foundations course is suitable for new users and existing users seeking to broaden their basic knowledge of OpenFOAM, particularly in best practices and latest developments. The Foundations Course is designed to impart important background knowledge to be able to use OpenFOAM effectively. People generally underestimate the amount and range of information covered on the Foundations Course. The aim of the training is not only to bring to show how to use OpenFOAM but as well how it works to help users understand the choices they make on meshing, numerics and boundary condition setup.

Course Information:

Type of Course: Instructor-Led Short Course
Course Length: 2 days
AIAA CEU's available: Yes

• The OpenFOAM software distribution
• Background in the use of Linux/UNIX
• OpenFOAM applications
• Basic meshing
• Field initialization and boundary conditions
• Selecting models and setting parameters
• Solution monitoring and control
• Advanced meshing using snappyHexMesh
• Mesh quality assessment
• Boundary conditions
• Reynolds-averaged simulation for turbulence
• Post-processing tools and visualization
• Running in parallel
• The finite volume method and PISO/SIMPLE/PIMPLE algorithms
• Best practices on solver and discretization setup
• Aerospace specific examples and cases – airfoil, wing, simple aircraft

Matej Forman, leads the OpenFOAM training team, is based in Europe working as part of the core OpenFOAM team at OpenCFD for the past 8 years, and has worked with OpenFOAM for the past 13 years. His academic background is in combustion, heat/mass transfer and multiphase flows. In addition to his lead training responsibilities, Matej develops documentation and training materials for meshing best practices, physical modeling and numerical controls.


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