Geometry and mesh generation in OpenFoam
In new in the openfoam world. So far, i just solved the tutorials of the user guide. My main contact with the CFD world is with ansys, Fluent and CFX. When using ansys, i used to generate the geometry in CAD software (PRO-E or Solid Works) and then import this from ansys to mesh it.
What is the best path in openfoam to generate and to mesh complex geometries with open source code? I have done some research and found that salome is good tool to do the pre-processing work, but, does it work with openfoam? Or maybe is better to work with comercial cad software and then export to a mesh software? I am trying to stablish a simulation enviroment based completely on open source code. I would like to read your sugestions about this subject. Thanks!
Yes, Salome works well. The CAELinux distribution at least used to have tutorials showing how to work that program with OpenFOAM.
The only issue I have had with Salome is as a get into generating more complex geometries, the program sometimes creates "non-valid" shapes - shapes it can't use to cut other shapes or can't mesh. My personal problem is trying to create a helical screw (take a cylinder and cut out a helix with a circular cross-section). I have not been able to solve that geometry.
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