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Old   August 27, 2015, 15:15
Unhappy OpenFOAM or Fluent?
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Hello guys. I have been conducting a research about the impact of waves on a semi-submersible platform. I started learning how to use OpenFOAM for my research and I already finished some simplified 3D simulations to get used to it. But I'm having problems with the mesh and the informations I find are quite confusing. My platform consists of 4 pillars connected to a square base, so it is not a very complex one. But I've been trying to create my own mesh with the blockMeshDict file and it constantly shows errors regarding neighbours cells. My question is: should I use snappyHexMesh or any similar tool? I am worried because I only have two months to finish it and to finish writing about it, I have been even thinking about trying Ansys Fluent but I also do not know if it would be a good idea. Sorry if it sounds a silly question, I am new here.
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Old   August 27, 2015, 15:19
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if i were you and had access to both these softwares,i would chose fluent every time.

If you are short on time, just use fluent it would be quick.
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Thank you! Do you think it is easier to work with waves and turbulent models using Fluent? I already had IHFoam and learned how to use it, so this is my main concern.
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in my opinion yes. But then it depends on person to person. Some people might prefer openFOAM.
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