The 2nd UCL OpenFOAM Workshop

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Darwin Building B40 LT

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This workshop provides an introduction of OpenFOAM and how to use it, as well as a platform for networking and discussion.

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OpenFOAM is a world-leading open-source simulation toolbox. It is used across a wide range of disciplines including engineering, physics, chemistry and biology. By employing OpenFOAM, we can simulate and analyse complex fluid flows including turbulent flows, multiphase flows and combustion. Advanced post-processing techniques can be employed to visualise results and gain a deep insight into complex physical problems.

The OpenFOAM workshop was initiated by UCL Marine Research Group and is registered under UCL doctoral school. Attendance is free and aims to provide attendees with a good grounding in the basics of OpenFOAM as well as covering a range of more advanced topics. The workshop also aims to provide a platform for networking and collaboration and to be a place to exchange ideas. You will meet OpenFOAM developers as well as scientists and engineers from across Europe. It is an excellent chance to improve your simulation skills and discuss solutions for your projects. This project has won the Research-led Initiative Award of UCL, in both 2018 and 2019.

The location for the three days will be as follows:

26th June 09.00 18.30 UCL (B40 LT, Darwin Building)

27th June 10.00 18.00 UCL (Anatomy B15, Medical Sciences and Anatomy)

28th June 10.00 17.00 UCL (G15 Public Cluster, DMS Watson Building)


During the morning you will meet one of the founders of OpenFOAM, Prof. Hrvoje Jasak, who will discuss its development and what the future holds for OpenFOAM. This will give an insight into how OpenFOAM came about, its unique architecture and how are academia and industry using it to solve a vast range of problems.

A round-table discussion will be then performed, where four experts will have interesting communications around OpenFOAM. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and partake in the discussion.

After a networking lunch, you will have the chance to get some hands-on experience of using OpenFOAM to analyse a number of fluid problems. You will learn first-hand how OpenFOAM works and what can it do.


During the second day, step by step tutorials will be given to teach applications of OpenFOAM in maritime and civil engineering. You will learn how to model multiphase flows for ship hydrodynamics, ocean waves as well as a number of fluid-structure interaction problems involving vibrations and deformation.


A number of advanced lectures and tutorials will be covered on the third day, including the modelling of turbulent flows and combustion problems. The use of high-performance computing (HPC) techniques will be discussed.

You will learn how to implement external mathematics and physical models, which means you are able to add something new and be able to tailor solvers, boundary conditions and post-processing functions to your specific needs.


Local committee:

Luofeng Huang

Daniela Benites

Shiyu Lyu

Tom Smith

*This activity is a Researcher-led Initiative that has been funded by UCL Organisational Development.


9:00 - Sign up (Registration desk opens)

9:50 - Opening words

Plenary Meeting:

10:00 - 11:00 OpenFOAM, from 1993 towards 2030 (Prof. Hrvoje Jasak)

11:00 - 11:25 See our world via OpenFOAM(Dr. Christian Klettner)

11:25 - 11:50 Large Eddy Simulation of a channel with multiple Cavities (Dr. Yeru Shang)

11:50 - 12:30 Round-table discussion (Prof. Hrvoje Jasak, Prof. Giles Thomas, Dr. Christian Klettner and Dr. Yeru Shang)

12:30 - 12:55 Hydroelastic interaction between wave and ice (Mr. Luofeng Huang)

12:55 - 13:00 Group photo

13:00 - 14:30 Networking lunch

Tutorial sessions:

14:30 - 15:30 OpenFOAM basis (Dr. Rui Song)

15:30 - 16:30 Fluid dynamics 1 (Dr. Christian Klettner)

16:30 - 17:30 Fluid dynamics 2 (Mr. Tom Smith)

17:30 - 18:30 Fluid dynamics 3 (Dr. Yeru Shang)


Tutorial sessions:

10:00 - 11:30 Ship hydrodynamics (Mr. Luofeng Huang)

11:30 - 13:00 Wave modelling (Ms Daniela Benites)

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 - 15:00 Solid mechanics (Mr. Luofeng Huang)

15:00 - 16:30 Fluid-structure interaction (rigid body) (Mr. Shiyu Lyu)

16:30 - 18:00 Fluid-structure interaction (elastic body) (Mr. Minghao Li)


Tutorial sessions:

10:00 - 11:30 Programming1: Implementing equations (Mr. Tom Smith)

11:30 - 13:00 Programming2: Implementing functions (Mr. Minghao Li)

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 - 15:30 Turbulence modelling (Mr. Tom Smith)

15:30 - 17:00 Parallel simulation and HPC use (Ms. Daniela Benites)


Professor Hrvoje Jasak, founder of OpenFOAM.

Professor Giles Thomas, Lead of UCL Marine Research Group.

Dr Christian Klettner, UCL teaching fellow, specialising in fluid mechanism.

Dr Yeru Shang, Engineer at Mott MacDonald, specialising in Turbulence and Combustion.

Dr Rui Song, Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool, PhD in Marine Engineering.

Mr Minghao Li, Engineer at FsDynamics, OpenFOAM developer.

Mr Luofeng Huang, UCL PhD student, specialising in hydrodynamics/elasicity.

Ms Daniela Benites, UCL PhD student, specialising in wave-structure interaction.

Mr Shiyu Lyu, UCL PhD student, specialising in wave-structure interaction

Mr Tom Smith, UCL PhD student, specialising in turbulence and hydro-acoustics.

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