OpenFOAM Thermal Engineering

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Please note: the prices above are net prices excluding tax. For german customers and non-company customers from abroad, german VAT (19%) has to be added.

The training can be attended on site or online.

Online participants can participate via Google Hangouts (a Google account is required). The hangout link will be sent to you before the event begins. Training materials will be mailed to all online participants in advance in hard copy.


1. Basics volume_rend

  • Introduction / Basics of numerical flow simulation with heat transfer with CFD
  • Configuration OpenFOAM Environment / Overview of Features
  • Basic knowledge of numerical heat transfer
  • Avoidance of errors in simulation setup
  • Best Practice Guidelines in OpenFOAM2. Grundlegende Bausteine

2. Building Blocks

  • Code structure
  • Error analysis of the numerical simulation
  • Runtime Analysis Mechanism
  • Evaluation of results / evaluation of integral characteristic values
  • Estimation / error estimation of the results

3. Heat Transfer

  • Overview of boundary conditions for heat transfer in OpenFOAM
  • Understanding the source code / solver procedures / tools
  • Application OpenFOAM Syntax
  • Tutorial: Application and Implementation of the Energy Equation in OpenFOAM

4. Heat Conductionmensch

  • Concept, solution algorithm
  • Numerical error analysis
  • Variation of material properties
  • Tutorial: Heat conduction with different materials and heat sources

5. Konvection

  • Available solver / classification
  • Turbulence models
  • Influence of the Prandtl number
  • Grid analysis/evaluation
  • Compressible / incompressible flows
  • Buoyancy currents
  • Variation of the boundary conditions
  • Wall functions for heat transfer
  • Simulation speed up
  • Best practice guides
  • Practical application with examples for
    • free / forced convection
    • Conjugate Heat Transfer (CHT)
    • porous media
    • Plate heat exchangers

6. Heat radiation

  • Simulation of thermal radiation in OpenFOAM
  • Overview of the radiation models (ViewFactor, FvDOM, P1)
  • Solar radiation / reflection
  • Settings and Setup in OpenFOAM

7. Questions from the participants



  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • lunch break (one hour)
  • 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
All times between April and October are Central European Summer Time (CEST) and Central European Time (CET) otherwise. If desired and with the consent of all participants, the above times may be deviated from.


The course materials are written in English and the course is usually conducted in English. If all participants agree, it is also possible to switch to the German language.


Drinks and refreshments will be provided for on-site participants. Lunch on each day of the event is included in the price. You will find directions and recommendations for hotels above under the link "Locations".

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