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herisalmas January 1, 2012 12:23

CFD for a Beginner, Need recomendation on courses and books, mainly FORTRAN
Hello Everybody!!!
Im really interested in CFD, I have found some books, but I would like to know if there is one manual, tutorial or so, that can help me understand CFD programing. Specially focus on FORTRAN.
Thank you!!!!

andyj January 3, 2012 01:32

You might take a look at Elmer. Elmer is a multiphysical finite element analysis program. It is based mostly on Fortran 90 and C++. It has been around a long time and is well developed, with lots of manuals and tutorials and programming guides. It is easy to use. Not as complex as OpenFOAM. It is free. Available in both Windows and Linux.

The Linux version is found in the CAElinux distro. Windows and Linux available at Sourceforge. There is a programming manual.

A book on Mathematical modeling:
Kai Velten: Mathematical Modeling and Simulation: Introduction for Scientists and Engineers , ISBN-10: 3527407588.

You might also look at OpenFOAM's programming guide.

CAELinux has both OpenFOAM and Elmer. Linux Ubuntu. Can dual boot CAELinux with Windows without interfering with you windows installation.

CAELinux is a free Linux distro. (A complete Operating System with Elmer, OpenFoam and many other Scientific programs installed.)
It can be difficult to install these programs in Linux by yourself. A premade Linux distro is the fast, easy foolproof way to get the software installed correctly. Elemer on Windows is a simple easy install.

andyj January 3, 2012 01:50

Another book: Essential Computational Fluid Dynamics, Author: Oleg Zaikanov ISBN:10 0470423293, At Amazon.

Modern Fortran Explained :Numerical Mathematics and Scientific Computation
Authors: Metcalf, Reid, Cohen
isbn 10-0199601429
At Amazon. Oxford Univ Press

andyj January 3, 2012 02:02

Georgia Tech blog on CFD programming in Fortran

And some sample fortran code for academic use only:

Numerical Recipies in Fortran for Scientific Computing
by Vettering, Press etal
ISBN : 0521437210

herisalmas January 3, 2012 02:11

Thank you!!
Thank you very much!!!
Im starting my M.S. in aerospace engineering and my advisor recomend me to focus on simulation, specially of hypersonic flows.
I will check all those places, thank you to all and happy new year!!

andyj January 3, 2012 02:13


andyj January 3, 2012 03:48

From the Hypersonics Research Group:

OpenFoam is likley more suitable for hypersonic flow, but its much more complicated than Elmer. But Elmer does Navier Stokes pretty well.
I would look closely at what Purdue recommends for their CFD class.

vishnukmd7 January 3, 2012 12:08


The FEM formulation requires special care to ensure a conservative solution. The FEM formulation has been adapted for use with fluid dynamics governing equations
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I would recommend the following books:

Hoffmann Volumes on CFD,
CFD by T.J.Chung,
Proceedings of Direct and Large Eddy simulations ( Multiple volumes).

Ofcourse, to understand the significance of the details mentioned in the above textbooks, one needs to have and excellent understanding of fluid flow, heat transfer, boundary layer theory and applied numerical analysis.
The following texts will help:

Fluid mechanics, Landau volume 6
Boundary layer theory, Hermann Schlichting
Applied Numerical Analysis ( any good book, I use Brian bradie)
Elsevier series on numerical methods for fluids.

Try your best to stick to these books. They tackle the basic theory in the best possible way. The rest of the books are more or less superficial, focusing on particular areas rather than giving a deep understanding of the basic subject.

slaon March 20, 2012 04:55

Do you know how to download the materials on the ?
When I try to down them, the error message “Purdue University Career Account Authentication Required” appears.

rmn_990 November 25, 2015 10:06


I want to write a cfd code with Richardson method(is mentioned in CFD book of Hoffmann,page64)
but I can not find its subroutine

anyone can help me to have that subroutine ?

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