OpenFOAM- Features, Application, Working and Career Scope

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OpenFOAM- Features, Application, Working and Career Scope

Computational modelling is already central to modern engineering and industry with the demand for skilled professional is rising with time. OpenFOAM is an excellent way to learn this methods and greatly enhance the ability to learn engineering problems.

WHAT IS OpenFOAM

OpenFOAM is the free, open source CFD software and it stands for Open Source Field Operation and Manipulation.  It has a large user base across most areas of engineering and science, from both commercial and academic organisations. It is a C++ toolbox for the development of customized numerical solvers, most prominently CFD. It is a huge library of about 1.5 million lines of C++ code located in hundreds of files. It is owned by the OpenFOAM Foundation and distributed exclusively under the General Public License (GPL). The GPL gives users the freedom to modify and redistribute the software and a guarantee of continued free use. OpenFOAM has an extensive range of features. It is used by thousands of people worldwide in industry and academic to solve wide variety of computational problems. OpenFOAM is professionally released every six months.

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FEATURES

OpenFOAM has extensive range of features like –

Fluid dynamics/ physical modelling

  • Turbulence modelling
  • Reynold average simulation (RAS)
  • Large eddy simulation
  • Thermophysical modelling
  • Conjugate heat transfer
  • Porous media
  • Reaction kinetics/chemistry

Data Analysis

  • ParaView post processing
  • Graph and data monitoring

Geometry And Meshing

  • Mesh conversion tool
  • Mesh generation for complex geometries
  • Mesh manipulation tool

Numerical Solution

  • ODE system solvers
  • Numerical method
  • Linear system solvers

Computing and Programming

  • Equation syntax
  • Parallel computing
  • Libraries of functionality
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BENEFITS OF OpenFOAM

  • No license cost
  • Wide range of applications and models ready to use.
  • For all the non-CS engineers it is an excellent resource to build up your programming and specially C++ prowess while working on practical engineering problems.
  • It provides you with an excellent opportunity to learn advanced C++ like templates, runtime polymorphism, policy-based design 
  • Easy automation
  • Able to quickly achieve accurate results
  • It offers great scope for custom development. It has the ability to create individualized solutions
  • Still open source but with commercial entity in the back
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APPLICATIONS OF OpenFOAM

  • Automobile and aerospace industries
  • Cement, process and chemical industries
  • production and manufacturing industries
  • Heating and ventilation of building, car, bus, and , and civil aircraft
  • Weather forecasting
  • Defence and space applications
  • Biomedical applications
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WHY OpenFOAM IS IMPORTANT

A CFD Analysis widely in many automobile, mechanical, process and chemical, and aerospace industries. Due to an increase in computational power and well established CFD software, simulations have become affordable for both medium and large-scale industries. Companies currently using OpenFOAM are:

  • Oak Ridge
  • General Motor
  • AMD
  • Fisker Inc
  • Rivian

The average salary of CFD analyst is ₹ 17.8 lakh/year.

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CONCLUSION

All commercial tools have only an attractive GUI wrapped around the code. OpenFOAM is raw and mature. It allows to see the code and modify it according to need.

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