OpenFOAM Turbomachinery and Propellers

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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 (16%) has to be added.

The training can be attended on site or online. Due to the current outbreak of the COVID-19 disease, we offer our trainings exclusively online until further notice.

Online participants can join via Microsoft Teams. The link will be sent to you before the event begins. Training materials will be mailed to all online participants in advance in hard copy.


The course covers the use of OpenFOAM especially for the calculation of turbomachinery such as propellers, axial pumps or centrifugal pumps. In addition to the theoretical basics, best practice guidelines for the selection of numerical settings are taught. Another major topic is networking with open source tools. The knowledge is consolidated with examples.

PPTC propeller with velocity arrows

Propeller (PPTC testcase)

ERCOFTAC centrifugal pump

The topics in detail:

  • Introduction and modelling concepts
    • Frames of reference: MRF / SRF
    • Moving meshes
  • Overview of features of OpenFOAM
    • GGI/AMI interface BCs
    • Solvers (SRF / MRF / *DyM*)
  • Meshing
    • Grid types, convergence properties
    • Structured vs. unstructured meshes
    • Strategies for meshing turbomachinery geometries with snappyHexMesh
  • Simulation setup and boundary conditions
    • Best practice setup for schemes and solver settings
    • Setup for stationary simulations in the rotating reference system
    • Setup for simulations with moving meshes
  • Postprocessing of turbomachinery simulations
    • OpenFOAM tools for extraction of results
    • Paraview
      • Concept
      • Commonly used filters
      • Advanced usage of Paraview:
      • relative velocities,
      • cylinder slices,
      • python filter, …
  • Advanced topics
    • Cavitation
  • Accompanying tutorials
    • Ducted propeller
    • Centrifugal pump
    • Preparing, meshing and simulating in each case
    • Reference results are available for comparison

Relativgeschwindigkeiten am Propellerflügelflow through ducted propeller, axial slice



  • 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".

How to Join

Go to the reservation form by clicking the button below. Alternatively, you can write us an email or call us by phone (+49 381 36 77 98 53).  
Tickets: Standard: 995.00 €
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